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English adjective: square

1. square having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle

SamplesA square peg in a round hole.
A square corner.

Similarquadrate, right-angled, squared, squarish

See alsoangular, angulate

Antonymscircular, round

2. square characterized by honesty and fairness

SamplesStraight dealing.
A square deal.


Similaraboveboard, guileless, straightarrow, straightforward, transparent

See alsohonest, honorable, lawful

Attributehonestness, honesty

Antonymscorrupt, crooked

3. square providing abundant nourishment

SamplesA hearty meal.
Good solid food.
Ate a substantial breakfast.
Four square meals a day.

Synonymshearty, satisfying, solid, substantial



4. square leaving no balance

SamplesMy account with you is now all square.


Domain usagecolloquialism


5. square without evasion or compromise

SamplesA square contradiction.
He is not being as straightforward as it appears.

Synonymsstraight, straightforward



6. square rigidly conventional or old-fashioned



Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular


English noun: square

1. square (shape) (geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon

SamplesYou can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides.


Broader (hypernym)rectangle, regular polygon

Narrower (hyponym)quadrate

Domain categorygeometry

2. square (quantity) the product of two equal terms

SamplesNine is the second power of three.
Gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.

Synonymssecond power

Broader (hypernym)number

3. square (location) an open area at the meeting of two or more streets

Synonymspublic square

Broader (hypernym)parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract

Narrower (hyponym)piazza, place, plaza

Instance hyponymTrafalgar Square

Part meronymcity

4. square (shape) something approximating the shape of a square

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

5. square (person) someone who doesn't understand what is going on


Broader (hypernym)simple, simpleton

6. square (person) a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views

Synonymssquare toes

Broader (hypernym)conservative, conservativist

Domain usagecolloquialism

7. square (artifact) any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles

SamplesA checkerboard has 64 squares.

Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Part meronymchecker board, checkerboard

8. square (artifact) a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles

SamplesThe carpenter who built this room must have lost his square.

Broader (hypernym)hand tool

Narrower (hyponym)carpenter's square, T-square, try square

English adverb: square

1. square in a straight direct way

SamplesLooked him squarely in the eye.
Ran square into me.


2. square in a square shape

SamplesA squarely cut piece of paper.
Folded the sheet of paper square.


3. square firmly and solidly

SamplesHit the ball squarely.
The bat met the ball squarely.
Planted his great bulk square before his enemy.


English verb: square

1. square (change) make square

SamplesSquare the circle.
Square the wood with a file.

Synonymssquare up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

2. square (cognition) raise to the second power

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)multiply

Domain categoryarithmetic

3. square (stative) cause to match, as of ideas or acts

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)adapt, adjust, conform

4. square (motion) position so as to be square

SamplesHe squared his shoulders.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)position

Narrower (hyponym)even up, jog, square up

5. square (stative) be compatible with

SamplesOne idea squares with another.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally

6. square (possession) pay someone and settle a debt

SamplesI squared with him.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)settle

7. square (competition) turn the paddle; in canoeing


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)paddle

8. square (competition) turn the oar, while rowing


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)row

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