/ skweə(r); NAmE skwer/ adjective , noun , verb , adverb
( geometry ) having four straight equal sides and four angles of 90° :
a square room
forming an angle of 90° exactly or approximately :
The book had rounded, not square, corners.
He had a firm, square jaw.
used after a unit of measurement to say that sth measures the same amount on each of four sides :
a carpet four metres square
( abbr. sq ) used after a number to give a measurement of area :
an area of 36 square metres
BROAD / SOLID
used to describe sth that is broad or that looks solid in shape :
a man of square build
—see also four-square
LEVEL / PARALLEL
[ not before noun ] square (with sth) level with or parallel to sth :
tables arranged square with the wall
( informal ) if two people are square , neither of them owes money to the other :
Here's the £10 I owe you—now we're square.
square (with sb) if two teams are square , they have the same number of points :
The teams were all square at half-time.
FAIR / HONEST
fair or honest, especially in business matters :
a square deal
Are you being square with me?
square with sth in agreement with sth :
That isn't quite square with what you said yesterday.
( informal , disapproving ) ( of a person ) considered to be boring, for example, because they are old-fashioned or work too hard at school
- a square meal
- a square peg (in a round hole)
[ C ] a shape with four straight sides of equal length and four angles of 90°; a piece of sth that has this shape :
First break the chocolate into squares.
The floor was tiled in squares of grey and white marble.
—see also set square , T-square
[ C ] an open area in a town, usually with four sides, surrounded by buildings :
The hotel is just off the main square .
the market / town / village square
Square [ sing. ] ( abbr. Sq. ) (used in addresses):
They live at 95 Russell Square.
[ C ] the number obtained when you multiply a number by itself :
The square of 7 is 49.
[ C ] ( informal , disapproving ) a person who is considered to be boring, for example because they are old-fashioned or because they work too hard at school
- back to square one
[ vn ]
square sth (off) to make sth have straight edges and corners :
It was like trying to square a circle . That is, it was impossible.
The boat is rounded at the front but squared off at the back.
[ usually passive ] to multiply a number by itself :
Three squared is written 3 2 .
Four squared equals 16.
if you square yourself, or square your shoulders, you make your back and shoulders straight to show you are ready or determined to do sth :
Bruno squared himself to face the waiting journalists.
( especially BrE ) to make the number of points you have scored in a game or competition equal to those of your opponents :
His goal squared the game 1–1.
( informal ) to pay money to sb in order to get their help :
They must have squared the mayor before they got their plan underway.
- square sth away
- square off (against sb)
- square up (to sb/sth)
- square up (with sb)
- square sth with sth | square with sth
- square sth with sb
(only used after the verb) directly; not at an angle
SYN squarely :
I looked her square in the face.
see fair adverb
Middle English : shortening of Old French esquare (noun), esquarre (past participle, used as an adjective), esquarrer (verb), based on Latin quadra square.