What is the meaning of square?


  • Geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon. (
    • usage: "you can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides"
  • The product of two equal terms.
    • usage: "nine is the second power of three"; "gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance"
  • An open area at the meeting of two or more streets.
  • Something approximating the shape of a square.
  • Someone who doesn't understand what is going on.
  • A formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views.
  • Any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles.
    • usage: "a checkerboard has 64 squares"
  • A hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles.
    • usage: "the carpenter who built this room must have lost his square"


  • Make square.
    • usage: "Square the circle"; "square the wood with a file"
  • Raise to the second power.
  • Cause to match, as of ideas or acts.
  • Position so as to be square.
    • usage: "He squared his shoulders"
  • Be compatible with.
    • usage: "one idea squares with another"
  • Pay someone and settle a debt.
    • usage: "I squared with him"
  • Turn the paddle; in canoeing.
  • Turn the oar, while rowing.


  • Having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle.
    • usage: "a square peg in a round hole"; "a square corner"
  • Characterized by honesty and fairness.
    • usage: "straight dealing"; "a square deal"
  • Providing abundant nourishment.
    • usage: "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"; "four square meals a day"
  • Leaving no balance.
    • usage: "my account with you is now all square"
  • Without evasion or compromise.
    • usage: "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears"
  • Rigidly conventional or old-fashioned.


  • In a straight direct way.
    • usage: "looked him squarely in the eye"; "ran square into me"
  • In a square shape.
    • usage: "a squarely cut piece of paper"; "folded the sheet of paper square"
  • Firmly and solidly.
    • usage: "hit the ball squarely"; "the bat met the ball squarely"; "planted his great bulk square before his enemy"
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APAWordNet. (2010). square. Retrieved February 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/square/definitions/1184229
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