- noun1》 a plane figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles.↘something that is the shape of a square or a cube.↘historical a body of infantry drawn up in rectangular form.2》 an open, typically four-sided, area surrounded by buildings.↘Cricket a closer-cut area at the centre of a ground, any strip of which may be prepared as a wicket.↘an area within a military barracks or camp used for drill.↘US a block of buildings bounded by four streets.3》 the product of a number multiplied by itself.4》 an L-shaped or T-shaped instrument used for obtaining or testing right angles.5》 informal a person considered to be old-fashioned or boringly conventional.6》 a unit of 100 square ft used as a measure of flooring, roofing, etc.7》 Astrology an aspect of 90° (one quarter of a circle).adjective1》 having the shape or approximate shape of a square.↘having or forming a right angle, exactly or approximately.2》 denoting a unit of measurement equal to the area of a square whose side is of the unit specified.↘[postposition] denoting the length of each side of a square shape or object.3》 at right angles.↘Cricket & Soccer in a direction transversely across the field or pitch.4》 broad and solid in shape.5》 level or parallel.↘properly arranged.↘on even terms.6》 fair and honest.7》 informal old-fashioned or boringly conventional.8》 (of rhythm) simple and straightforward.adverb1》 directly; straight.2》 Cricket & Soccer in a direction transversely across the field or pitch.verb1》 make square or rectangular.↘[usu. as adjective squared] mark out in squares.2》 multiply (a number) by itself.3》 make or be compatible.4》 balance (an account) or settle (a bill or debt).↘make the score of (a match or game) even.5》 informal secure the help or acquiescence of (someone), especially by offering an inducement.6》 bring (one's shoulders) into a position in which they appear square and broad.7》 Sailing set (a yard or other part of a ship) at right angles to the keel or other point of reference.8》 Astrology (of a planet) have a square aspect with (another planet or position).Phrasesback to (or at) square one informal back to where one started, with no progress having been made.on the square1》 informal honest; straightforward.2》 having membership of the Freemasons.out of square not at right angles.square the circle1》 construct a square equal in area to a given circle (a problem incapable of a purely geometrical solution).2》 do something considered to be impossible.a square deal see deal1.a square peg in a round hole see peg.Phrasal verbssquare something away N. Amer. deal with something in a satisfactory way.square off1》 N. Amer. another way of saying square up below.2》 Austral./NZ settle a difference.square someone off Austral./NZ placate someone.square up1》 assume the attitude of a person about to fight.2》 (square up to) face and tackle (a difficulty) resolutely.Derivativessquareness nounsquarer nounsquarish adjectiveOriginME: shortening of OFr. esquare (n.), esquarre (past participle), esquarrer (v.), based on L. quadra 'square'.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.