square Definition

  • 1a plane figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles
  • 2an open, typically four-sided, area surrounded by buildings in a village, town, or city
  • 3a tool having two straight edges meeting at a given angle, used for checking whether something is true or straight

Using square: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "square" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The room was square, with windows on two sides.

  • Example

    The town square was filled with people.

  • Example

    Use a square to make sure the corners are straight.

  • Example

    The carpenter used a square to check the angle of the cut.

square Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for square

Phrases with square

  • a substantial and satisfying meal


    After a long day of hiking, we were ready for a square meal.

  • an honest and fair agreement or transaction


    I trust him to give me a square deal in our business dealings.

  • a person who does not fit in or is not comfortable in a particular situation or environment


    As an introverted artist, he felt like a square peg in a round hole at the loud and boisterous party.

Origins of square

from Old French 'esquare', from Latin 'exquadrare', meaning 'to square'


Summary: square in Brief

The word 'square' [skwɛər] has three main meanings: a four-sided plane figure with equal sides and right angles, an open area surrounded by buildings, and a tool with two straight edges used for measuring angles. It can be used in phrases like 'square meal' and 'square deal,' and in idioms like 'square peg in a round hole,' which describes someone who doesn't fit in.

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