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  1. (geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four right angles; an equilateral rectangle; a regular quadrilateral.
  2. (metonymy) Something characterized by a square, or nearly square, form.
    1. A cell in a grid.
    2. A square piece, part, or surface, such as a square of glass.
    3. The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.
    4. (Canada) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
    5. (printing) A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.
  3. An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.
    1. (figuratively, obsolete) A true measure, standard, or pattern.
  4. An open space normally in the center of a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
  5. (mathematics) The product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself; the second power of a number, value, term or expression.
  6. (military) A body of troops drawn up in a square formation.
  7. (1950s slang) A socially conventional or conservative person; a person who has little or no interest in the latest fads or trends: still sometimes used in modern terminology.
  8. (Britain) The symbol # on a telephone; hash.
  9. (cricket) The central area of a cricket field, with one ore more pitches of which only one is used at a time.
  10. (real estate jargon) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, i.e. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.
  11. (roofing) A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area.
  12. (academia) A mortarboard
  13. (colloquial, US) A square meal.
  14. (archaic) Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.
  15. The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
  16. (astrology) The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.
  17. (dated) The act of squaring, or quarrelling; a quarrel.
  18. (slang) Cigarette.
  19. (brewing) A vat used for fermentation.
  1. Shaped like a square (the polygon).
  2. Forming a right angle, especially (nautical) at right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.
  3. Of numbers formed by multiplying two equal numbers.
  4. Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
  5. Honest; straightforward.
  6. Fair.
  7. Even; tied
  8. (slang) Socially conventional; boring.
  9. (cricket) In line with the batsman's popping crease.
  10. Correctly aligned with respect to something else.
  11. hearty; vigorous
  12. Having a shape broad for the height, with angular rather than curving outlines.
  1. (transitive) To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else; in particular:
    1. (nautical) To place at a right angle to the keel.
  2. To resolve or reconcile.
  3. To adjust or adapt so as to bring into harmony with something.
  4. (mathematics) Of a value, term, or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.
  5. (transitive) To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as.
  6. (soccer) To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch
  7. (archaic) To take opposing sides; to quarrel.
  8. To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to suit; to fit.
  9. (obsolete) To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel.
  10. To take a boxing attitude; often with up or off.
  11. To form with four sides and four right angles.
  12. To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces.
  13. To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.
  14. (astrology) To hold a quartile position respecting.
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