on the square

on the square
O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee skwair]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði skwɛər/
    • /ɒn ðə skweə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee skwair]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði skwɛər/

Definitions of on the square words

  • noun on the square a rectangle having all four sides of equal length. 1
  • noun on the square anything having this form or a form approximating it, as a city block, rectangular piece of candy, etc. 1
  • noun on the square an open area or plaza in a city or town, formed by the meeting or intersecting of two or more streets and often planted with grass, trees, etc., in the center. 1
  • noun on the square a rectangularly shaped area on a game board, as in chess or checkers. 1
  • noun on the square a try square, T square, or the like. 1
  • noun on the square Mathematics. the second power of a quantity, expressed as a2 = a × a, where a is the quantity. a quantity that is the second power of another: Four is the square of two. 1

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Origin of on the square

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French esquar(r)e < Vulgar Latin *exquadra, derivative of *exquadrāre (Latin ex- ex-1 + quadrāre to square; see quadrate); (v.) Middle English squaren < Old French esquarrer < Vulgar Latin *exquadrāre; (adj.) Middle English < Old French esquarré, past participle of esquarrer; (adv.) derivative of the adj.

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on the square popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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