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adjective square pronunciation in British English /skweə(r)/
  1. 2
    with edges or corners that are not as curved as usual

    He had full lips and a square jaw.

    He was short with broad square shoulders.

  2. 3
    maths square units are used for measuring the area of something

    The police have an area of over 200 square miles to search.

    The room couldn't have been more than four yards square.

    The sign should be no more than one square metre in area.

  3. 4
    straight, or parallel with something straight

    Place the pieces together and make sure the edges are square.

    The corners aren't square.

  4. 5
    informal if two people are square, neither person owes the other anything

    You give me back six pounds – then we'll be square.

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