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square

noun [C] uk   /skweər/ us    /skwer/

square noun [C] (SHAPE)

A2 a flat shape with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90°: First draw a square. It's a square-shaped room. A2 any square-shaped object: When cooled, cut the chocolate brownies into squares. A2 an area of approximately square-shaped land in a city or a town, often including the buildings that surround it: Are they still living at 6 Eaton Square? A band were playing in the town square. a particular space on a board used for playing games: She moved her castle forward three squares. US a tool for drawing or testing a right angle

square noun [C] (BORING PERSON)

old-fashioned informal a boring person who does not like new and exciting ideas: He's a bit of a square.

square noun [C] (MULTIPLY)

the result of multiplying a number by itself: The square of 7 is 49.

square

adjective uk   /skweər/ us    /skwer/

square adjective (SHAPE)

A2 having the shape of a square: The recipe recommends that you use a square cake tin. He's got that square-jawed masculinity that a lot of women seem to find attractive. (written abbreviation sq., symbol 2) used with units of measurement of length to express the total size of an area: The floor is 3 m wide by 5 m long, so its total area is 15 sq m. The city itself covers 13 square miles. Ensure that the exposed area is less than 2 cm2. Square is used immediately after measurements of length when expressing the length of the four sides of a square-shaped area: So you want carpet for a room that's eight metres square (= eight metres long and eight metres wide).

square adjective (EQUAL)

informal equal or level: Could you stand back from these shelves and tell me if they're square (= level)? (all) square informal If two people are all square, one of them has paid off a debt to the other and neither now owes or is owed any money. If two teams or players are (all) square, they have an equal number of goals or points: They're all square at 30 points each.

square adjective (STRAIGHT)

in a straight line

square adjective (BORING PERSON)

old-fashioned informal describes a person who is boring and does not like new and exciting things: Do you think my new haircut makes me look a bit square?

square

verb uk   /skweər/ us    /skwer/

square verb (MULTIPLY)

[T] to multiply a number by itself: 10 squared equals a hundred. 42 means four squared, and equals 16.

square verb (SHAPE)

square your shoulders to pull your shoulders up and back because you feel determined to do something: He squared his shoulders and took a deep breath before diving into the pool.
(Definition of square from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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