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

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

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).

› 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.

(Definition of square from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

› dated slang a person who is old-fashioned

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

› having four sides of equal length and four angles of 90°: They set up the square card tables for the bridge players.› (abbreviation sq) A square unit of measurement is an area that is a particular distance wide and the same distance long: The box was three feet square. The correct figure is 900 sq miles.

(Definition of square from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

› MEASURES, PROPERTY used before units of measurement to describe the size of an area, especially an area of land. An area of 100 square metres is equal in size to 100 squares with sides that are 1 metre long: 100 square metres/kilometres/miles, etc. About 81,000 square metres of office space is due to be completed in the City this year.100 square feet/foot/inches, etc. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in about 4,700 square feet. New Jersey has an average of well over 1,000 people **per square mile**. Permeable concrete costs about $9 **per square foot**.

› [after noun] MEASURES used after units of measurement to describe the size of an area. An area of 10 metres square is equal in size to a square with sides that are 10 metres long, or equal to 100 square metres: 10 metres/feet/foot, etc. square We will deliver items to a maximum size of three feet square.10 miles/kilometres, etc. square The city has a population of 1 million crammed into an area only a few miles square.

be (all) square › to be in a situation in which everyone or everything is equal and no one has an advantage over anyone else: Dealers claim that after Wednesday's bout of profit-taking, the market is 'all square' again. › if people are all square, all debts between them have been paid and no one owes or is owed any money: If I give you another $5, then we're all square.

(Definition of square from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

in Korean | 사각형, 광장… |

in Arabic | مُرَبَّع, ساحة, ميدان… |

in Malaysian | segi empat sama, segi empat, lapangan… |

in French | carré, place… |

in Russian | квадрат, площадь, квадрат величины… |

in Chinese (Traditional) | 形狀, 正方形，四方形, 正方形物，四方形物… |

in Italian | quadrato, piazza… |

in Turkish | kare, meydan, alan… |

in Polish | kwadrat, plac, druga potęga… |

in Spanish | cuadrado, plaza, resultado… |

in Vietnamese | hình vuông, vuông, quảng trường… |

in Portuguese | quadrado, praça… |

in Thai | สี่เหลี่ยมจัตุรัส, พื้นที่สี่เหลี่ยม, ตึกที่มีถนนสี่ด้าน… |

in German | das Quadrat, der Platz… |

in Catalan | quadrat, plaça… |

in Japanese | 正方形, 広場, スクエア… |

in Chinese (Simplified) | 形状, 正方形，四方形, 正方形物，四方形物… |

in Indonesian | bujur sangkar, benda bujur sangkar, lapangan… |

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