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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.Geometrical shapesSpherical, circular and annular objects A2 any square-shaped object: When cooled, cut the chocolate brownies into squares.Patterns and shapes 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.Urban and residential streets a particular space on a board used for playing games: She moved her castle forward three squares.Board games - general words US a tool for drawing or testing a right angleGeometrical and mathematical instruments

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.People who are boring and old-fashioned

square noun [C] (MULTIPLY)

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

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.Geometrical shapesSpherical, circular and annular objects (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.Measurements of length and distanceArea, mass, weight and volume in general 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).Measurements of length and distanceArea, mass, weight and volume in general

square adjective (EQUAL)

informal equal or level: Could you stand back from these shelves and tell me if they're square (= level)?Straight, even and 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.Borrowing, lending and debt 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.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated

square adjective (STRAIGHT)

in a straight lineDescribing angles, lines and orientations

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?Tedious and uninspiring

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.Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating

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.Gestures with the head or shouldersStrong-willed
(Definition of square from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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