(1)   Rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
(2)   Having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle
"A square peg in a round hole"
"A square corner"
(3)   Characterized by honesty and fairness
"Straight dealing"
"A square deal"
(4)   Providing abundant nourishment
"A hearty meal"
"Good solid food"
"Ate a substantial breakfast"
"Four square meals a day"


(5)   Firmly and solidly
"Hit the ball squarely"
"The bat met the ball squarely"
"Planted his great bulk square before his enemy"
(6)   In a square shape
"A squarely cut piece of paper"
"Folded the sheet of paper square"
(7)   In a straight direct way
"Looked him squarely in the eye"
"Ran square into me"


(8)   A hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles
"The carpenter who built this room must have lost his square"
(9)   Any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles
"A checkerboard has 64 squares"
(10)   An open area at the meeting of two or more streets
(11)   A formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
(12)   Someone who doesn't understand what is going on
(13)   The product of two equal terms
"Nine is the second power of three"
"Gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance"
(14)   (geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon
"You can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides"
(15)   Something approximating the shape of a square


(16)   Make square
"Square the circle"
"Square the wood with a file"
(17)   Raise to the second power
(18)   Turn the oar, while rowing
(19)   Turn the paddle; in canoeing
(20)   Position so as to be square
"He squared his shoulders"
(21)   Pay someone and settle a debt
"I squared with him"
(22)   Be compatible with
"One idea squares with another"
(23)   Cause to match, as of ideas or acts



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  1. A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.
    I took refuge in the square form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field.—Kazimir Malevich
  2. An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.
    There are so many uses for the square, in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications. - The Carpenter's Square
  3. An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
    You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town square. NewsRadio
  4. Anything, such as tiles or cut pieces of material, primarily defined by being square in shape.
    You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.
  5. The second power of a number, value, term or expression.
    64 is the square of 8.
  6. A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
    Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!
  7. The symbol # on a telephone; hash.
    Enter your account number followed by a square.
  8. The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time.
    An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket square, measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.
  9. A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 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.
    2006: Just as the basic unit of real estate measurement across the world is the square ... — Macquarie Bank (Australia), press release Macquarie releases Real Estate Market Outlook 2006 - "The World Squared", 21 June 2006 http://www.macquarie.com.au/au/about_macquarie/media_centre/20060621.htm
    2007: The house is very large and open and boasts 39 squares of living space plus over 13 squares of decking area on 3 sides and 17 squares of garage and workshop downstairs. — Your Estate advertisement for Grindelwald Tasmania http://www.yourestate.com.au/property_12753.php
  10. A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
  11. A mortarboard
  12. A square meal.
    Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.
  13. A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area.


: tetragon: piazza, plaza: hash, sharp, pound sign


  1. Shaped like a square (the polygon).
  2. At right angles to.
  3. Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
    square metre
    square mile
  4. Honest; straightforward.
    It may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.
  5. Fair.
    I'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.
  6. Socially conventional; boring.
  7. in line with the batsman's popping crease.
  8. Correctly aligned with respect to something else


above board, on the level, on the square, on the up and up, straight


  1. To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else.
    The casting was mounted on a milling machine so that its sides could be squared.
  2. To resolve.
    John can square this question up for us.
    These results just don't square.
  3. Of a value, term or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.

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