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SQUALL, v.i. [Sw. sqväla; Dan. squaldrer, to prate. These words are probably of one family; but squall, like squeal, is probably from the root of Sax. gyllan, to creak, or Heb. קול, D. gillen, to yell; or is formed from wail.]

To cry out; to scream or cry violently; as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress; as, the infant squalled. – Arbuthnot. Pope.


A screamer; one that cries loud.


Crying out harshly; screaming.


  1. Abounding with squalls; disturbed often with sudden and violent gusts of wind; as, squally weather.
  2. In agriculture, broken into detached pieces; interrupted, by unproductive spots. [Local.]

SQUA'LOID, a. [L. squalus, a shark, and Gr. ειδος, likeness.]

Like a shark, or resembling a shark.

SQUA'LOR, n. [L.]

Foulness; filthiness; coarseness. – Burton.

SQUAM'I-FORM, a. [L. squama, a scale, and form.]

Having the form or shape of scales.

SQUA-MIG'ER-OUS, a. [L. squamiger; squama, a scale, and gero, to bear.]

Bearing or having scales.

SQUAM'MI-PEN, n. [L. squama, a scale, and penna, a fin.]

A fish whose dorsal and anal fins are covered with scales.

SQUA'MOUS, a. [L. squamosus.]

Sealy; covered with scales; as, the squamous cones of the pine. – Woodward.

SQUAN'DER, v.t. [G. verschwenden, probably from wenden, to turn.]

  1. To spend lavishly or profusely; to spend prodigally; to dissipate; to waste without economy or judgment; as, to squander an estate. They often squander'd, but they never gave. – Savage. The crime of squandering health is equal to the folly. – Rambler.
  2. To scatter; to disperse. Our squander'd troops he rallies. – Dryden. [In this application not now used.]


Spent lavishly and without necessity or use; wasted; dissipated, as property.


One who spends his money prodigally, without necessity or use; a spendthrift; a prodigal; waster; a lavisher. – Locke.


Spending lavishly; wasting.


By squandering.

SQUARE, a. [W. cwâr: Fr. carré, quarré; perhaps Gr. αρω, contracted from καρω. This is probably not a contraction of L. quadratus.]

  1. Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square room; a square figure.
  2. Forming a right angle; as, an instrument for striking lines square. – Moxon.
  3. Parallel; exactly suitable; true. She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to her. [Unusual.] – Shak.
  4. Having a straight front, or a frame formed with straight lines; not curving; as, a man of a square frame; a square built man.
  5. That does equal justice; exact; fair; honest; as, square dealing.
  6. Even; leaving no balance. Let us make or leave the accounts square. Three square, five square, having three or five equal sides, &c; an abusive use of square. Square root, in geometry and arithmetic. The square root of a quantity or number is that which, multiplied by itself, produces the square. Thus 7 is the square root of 49, for 7 x 7 = 49. In seamen's language, the yards are square, when they are arranged at right angles with the mast or the keel. The yards and sails are said also to be square, when they are of greater extent than usual. – Mar. Dict.


  1. A figure having four equal sides and four right angles.
  2. An area of four sides, with houses on each side. The statue of Alexander VII. stands in the large square of the town. – Addison.
  3. The content of the side of a figure squared.
  4. A mathematical instrument, which consists essentially in having at least one straight edge at right angles to another. It is of several forms, as the T square, the carpenter's square, &c.
  5. In geometry and arithmetic, a square or square number is the product of a number multiplied by itself. Thus 64 is the square of 8, for 8 x 8 = 64.
  6. Rule; regularity; exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct. They of Galatia much more out of square. – Hooker. I have not kept my square. [Not in use.] – Shak.
  7. A square body of troops; a squadron; as, the braver squares of war. [Not in use.] – Shak.
  8. A quaternion; four. [Not is use.] – Shak.
  9. Level; equality. We live not on the square with such as these. – Dryden.
  10. In astrology, quartile; the position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other. [Obs.] – Milton.
  11. Rule; conformity; accord. I shall break no squares with another for a trifle. Squares go. Let us see how the squares go, that is, how the game proceeds; a phrase taken from the game of chess, the chess board being formed with squares. – L'Estrange.

SQUARE, v.i.

  1. To suit; to fit; to quadrate; to accord or agree. His opinions do not square with the doctrines of philosophers.
  2. To quarrel; to go to opposite sides. Are you such fools / To square for this? [Not in use.] – Shak.

SQUARE, v.t. [Fr. equarrir and carrer.]

  1. To form with four equal sides and four right angles.
  2. To reduce to a square; to form to right angles; as, to square mason's work.
  3. To reduce to any given measure or standard. – Shak.
  4. To adjust; to regulate; to mold; to shape; as, to square our actions by the opinions of others; to square our lives by the precepts of the Gospel.
  5. To accommodate; to fit; as, square my trial to strength. – Milton.
  6. To respect in quartile. – Crech.
  7. To make even, so as to leave no difference or balance; as, to square accounts; a popular phrase.
  8. In arithmetic, to multiply a number by itself; as, to square the number.
  9. In seamen's language, to square the yards, is to place ism at right angles with the mast or keel.


In a square form.


The state of being square; as, an instrument to try the squareness of work. – Moxon.


In seamen's language, a vessel is square-rigged when her principal sails are extended by yards suspended by the middle, and not by stays, gaffs, booms and lateen yards. Thus a ship and a brig are square-rigged vessels. – Mar. Dict.


In seamen's language, a sail extended to a yard suspended by the middle. – Mar. Dict.


Nearly square. – Pennant.

SQUAR'ROUS, a. [Qu. Gr. εσχαρα, scurf.]

In botany, ragged, or full of loose scales; rough; jagged. A squarrous calyx consists of scales very widely divaricating; a squarrous leaf is divided into shreds or jags, raised above the plane of the leaf, and nor parallel to it. – Martyn.