# square root

a quantity of which a given quantity is the square: The quantities +6 and −6 are square roots of 36 since (+6)×(+6)=36 and (−6)×(−6)=36.

## Origin of square root

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## Words Nearby square root

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## How to use square root in a sentence

Imaginary numbers result from taking the

*square root*of a negative number.Quantum physics requires imaginary numbers to explain reality | Emily Conover | December 15, 2021 | Science NewsSo as not to give a more prolific pollster too much influence over the average, polls are weighted by one over the

*square root*of the number of polls each pollster conducted in a specific category.The Death Of Polling Is Greatly Exaggerated | Nate Silver (nrsilver@fivethirtyeight.com) | March 25, 2021 | FiveThirtyEightSpinors, which are a kind of

*square root*of vectors, had been introduced in algebra and also in physics as part of Paul Dirac’s theory of the electron.Isadore Singer Transcended Mathematical Boundaries | Daniel S. Freed | March 4, 2021 | Quanta MagazineInstead of establishing a universal constant, the best they could do was establish a factor that works out to roughly the

*square root*of the dimension the shape lives in.Statistics Postdoc Tames Decades-Old Geometry Problem | Erica Klarreich | March 1, 2021 | Quanta MagazineAverages are weighted by the

*square root*of the number of polls that a particular pollster conducted for that particular type of election in that particular cycle.Is Tonight’s Presidential Debate Too Late To Shake Up The Race? | Sarah Frostenson (sarah.frostenson@abc.com) | October 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight

In previous tournaments, no one had been able to complete all 10

*square root*problems within the time limit.Does a knowledge of botany necessarily involve a knowledge of

*square root*and cube root?Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870 | VariousI wanted to go through

*square root*, but he said he didn't know anything about*square root*, and it wasn't any use, anyway.Blue Goose | Frank Lewis NasonYou refused my help in

*square root*, and are taking lessons in painting from Miss Hartwell.Blue Goose | Frank Lewis NasonOr, once more, the speed of each planet in its orbit is as the inverse square-root of its distance from the sun.

Pioneers of Science | Oliver LodgeA common rule is that the rate rises as the

*square root*of the distance, rather than in proportion to it.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley

## British Dictionary definitions for square root

a number or quantity that when multiplied by itself gives a given number or quantity: 2 is a square root of 4, usually written √4 or 4 1/2

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## Scientific definitions for square root

A number that, when squared, yields a given number. For example, since 5 X 5 = 25, the square root of 25 (written √25) is 5.

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## Cultural definitions for square root

A number that, when multiplied by itself, will result in a given number. The square root of four is two; the square root of one hundred is ten.

## Notes for square root

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