# Emily Dickinson Lexicon

## Definition for SQUARE

SQUARE, n.

- A figure having four equal sides and four right angles.
- An area of four sides, with houses on each side. The statue of Alexander VII. stands in the large square of the town. – Addison.
- The content of the side of a figure squared.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A square body of troops; a squadron; as, the braver squares of war. [Not in use.] – Shak.
- A quaternion; four. [Not is use.] – Shak.
- Level; equality. We live not on the square with such as these. – Dryden.
- In astrology, quartile; the position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other. [Obs.] – Milton.
- 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.

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