square1 W3S2 [skweə US skwer] adj
3 square metre/mile etc
4 5 feet/2 metres etc square
6 square meal
8 all square
9 (all) square
10 square deal
12 a square peg in a round hole
1.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
having four straight equal sides and 90º angles at the corners
a large square room
2.) ¦(ANGLE)¦
forming a 90º angle, or being close to or similar to a 90º angle
square corners
3.) square metre/mile etc
an area of measurement equal to a square with sides a metre long, a mile long etc
about four square metres of ground
4.) 5 feet/2 metres etc square
having the shape of a square with sides that are 5 feet, 2 metres etc long
The room is six metres square.
5.) ¦(LEVEL)¦ [not before noun]
parallel with a straight line
square with
I don't think the shelf is square with the floor.
6.) square meal
a good satisfying meal
Children should have three square meals a day.
7.) ¦(BODY)¦
if someone's body or a part of their body is square, it looks broad and strong
a square jaw
8.) all square
BrE to have the same number of points as your opponent in a competition
The teams were all square at the end of the first half.
9.) (all) square informal
if two people are square, they do not owe each other any money
Here's your £10 back, so that makes us square .
10.) square deal
honest and fair treatment from someone, especially in business
I'm not getting a square deal here.
11.) ¦(BORING)¦ informal
someone who is square is boring and old-fashioned
12.) a square peg in a round hole informal
someone who is in a job or situation that is not suitable for them
>squareness n [U]
win (sth)/beat sb fair and square atfair3 (1)
square 2
square2 S2 n
2¦(in a town)¦
3 square one
5¦(in a game)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: esquarre, from Vulgar Latin exquadra, from exquadrare 'to make square', from Latin quadrare 'to make square, fit']
1.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
a shape with four straight equal sides with 90º angles at the corners
First of all, draw a square.
square of
a small square of cloth
2.) ¦(IN A TOWN)¦
a large open area in the centre of a town or city, usually in the shape of a square, or the buildings surrounding it
main/market/town square
The hotel is just off the main square of Sorrento.
She lives in Hanover Square.
3.) square one
the situation from which you started to do something
be back to/at square one
The police are now back at square one in their investigation.
go back to square one
(=used when you start something again because you were not successful the first time)
Okay, let's go back to square one and try again.
from square one
I've had to relearn the game from square one.
4.) ¦(NUMBER)¦
the result of multiplying a number by itself
→↑square root square of
The square of 4 is 16.
5.) ¦(IN A GAME)¦
a space on a board used for playing a game such as ↑chess
6.) ¦(PERSON)¦ informal
someone who is considered boring and unfashionable
= ↑nerd
7.) ¦(TOOL)¦ also set square
a flat object with a straight edge, often shaped like an L, used for drawing or measuring 90° angles
square 3
square3 v [T]
2¦(in a competition)¦
3 square your shoulders
4¦(make something straight)¦
5 square the circle
Phrasal verbs
 square something<=>away
 square off
 square up
 square with something
1.) ¦(MULTIPLY)¦
to multiply a number by itself
BrE to win a point or game so that you have now won the same number of points or games as the other team or player
India won the second match to square the series at one each.
3.) square your shoulders
to stand straight and push your shoulders back, usually to show your determination
to make something straight or parallel
5.) square the circle
to attempt something impossible
square away [square sth<=>away] phr v
to finish something, especially by putting the last details in order
Get your work squared away before you leave.
square off phr v
1.) square sth<=>off
to make something have neat corners
2.) AmE to get ready to fight someone
square up phr v
1.) to pay money that you owe
I'll pay for the drinks and you can square up later.
2.) BrE to get ready to fight someone
square up to
The two lads squared up to each other.
3.) square up to sb/sth
to deal with a difficult situation or person in a determined way
square with [square with sth] phr v
1.) square (sth) with sth
if you square two ideas, statements etc with each other or if they square with each other, they are considered to be in agreement
His story simply does not square with the facts.
How do you square that with your religious beliefs?
square sth with your conscience
(=make yourself believe that what you are doing is morally right)
2.) square sth with sb
BrE to persuade someone to agree to something
I'll take the day off if I can square it with my boss.
square 4
square4 adv
1.) directly and firmly
Look him square in the eye and say no.
2.) at 90 º to a line
= ↑squarely square to
Wright passed the ball square to Brown.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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