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a square peg in a round hole exp.
a misfit; something or someone looking/behaving in a manner that comes in contradiction with the general context

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
a round and sweet fruit with pale, orange-colored skin that comes from a tree of the same name
n.
round per minute
Used for the rotational speed of gramophone records. Ex. : "45 rpm", "33 rpm", "78 rpm".
exp.
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
[Hum.];[Iron.]
nnpl.
to make a hole in ground, with a spade for example
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square

  

      n  
1    a plane geometric figure having four equal sides and four right angles  
   Compare       rectangle       rhombus  
2    any object, part, or arrangement having this or a similar shape  
a square of carpet, a square on a chess board     
3    cap when part of name   an open area in a town, sometimes including the surrounding buildings, which may form a square  
4      (Maths)   the product of two equal factors; the second power  
9 is the square of 3, written 32     
5    an instrument having two strips of wood, metal, etc., set in the shape of a T or L, used for constructing or testing right angles  
6      (Cricket)   the closely-cut area in the middle of a ground on which wickets are prepared  
7    a body of soldiers drawn up in the form of a square  
8      (Rowing)   the position of the blade of an oar perpendicular to the surface of the water just before and during a stroke  
9    Informal   a person who is old-fashioned in views, customs, appearance, etc  
10      (Astrology)   an aspect of about 90° between two planets, etc  
   Compare       conjunction       5       opposition       9       trine       1  
11    Obsolete   a standard, pattern, or rule  
12    back to square one   indicating a return to the starting-point of an investigation, experiment, etc., because of failure, lack of progress, etc.  
13    on the square  
a    at right angles  
b    on equal terms  
c    Informal   honestly and openly  
d    Slang   a phrase identifying someone as a Freemason  
he is on the square     
14    out of square  
a    not at right angles or not having a right angle  
b    not in order or agreement  
      adj  
15    being a square in shape  
16    having or forming one or more right angles or being at right angles to something  
17    square or rectangular in section  
a square bar     
18   
a    prenominal   denoting a measure of area of any shape  
a circle of four square feet     
b    immediately postpositive   denoting a square having a specified length on each side  
a board four feet square contains 16 square feet     
19    fair and honest (esp. in the phrase a square deal)  
20    straight, even, or level  
a square surface     
21      (Cricket)   at right angles to the wicket  
square leg     
22      (Soccer, hockey, etc.)   in a straight line across the pitch  
a square pass     
23      (Nautical)   (of the sails of a square-rigger) set at right angles to the keel  
24    Informal   old-fashioned in views, customs, appearance, etc.  
25    stocky or sturdy  
square shoulders     
26    postpositive   having no remaining debts or accounts to be settled  
27    (of a horse's gait) sound, steady, or regular  
28    prenominal   unequivocal or straightforward  
a square contradiction     
29    postpositive   neat and tidy  
30      (Maths)   (of a matrix) having the same number of rows and columns  
31    all square   on equal terms; even in score  
32    square peg (in a round hole)  
Informal   a person or thing that is a misfit, such as an employee in a job for which he is unsuited  
      vb   mainly tr  
33    to make into a square or similar shape  
34      (Maths)   to raise (a number or quantity) to the second power  
35    to test or adjust for deviation with respect to a right angle, plane surface, etc.  
36    sometimes foll by: off   to divide into squares  
37    to position so as to be rectangular, straight, or level  
square the shoulders     
38    sometimes foll by: up   to settle (debts, accounts, etc.)  
39    to level (the score) in a game, etc  
40    also intr; often foll by: with   to agree or cause to agree  
your ideas don't square with mine     
41      (Rowing)   to turn (an oar) perpendicular to the surface of the water just before commencing a stroke  
42    (in canoeing) to turn (a paddle) perpendicular to the direction of the canoe at the commencement of a stroke  
   Compare       feather       15  
43    to arrange (something), esp. by a corrupt method or come to an arrangement with (someone), as by bribery  
44    square the circle   to attempt the impossible (in reference to the insoluble problem of constructing a square having exactly the same area as a given circle)  
      adv  
45    in order to be square  
46    at right angles  
47      (Soccer, hockey, etc.)   in a straight line across the pitch  
pass the ball square     
48    Informal   squarely,   (See also)        square away       square off       square up  
     (C13: from Old French esquare, from Vulgar Latin exquadra (unattested), from Latin ex1 + quadrare to make square; see quadrant)  
  squareness      n  
  squarer      n  
  squarish      adj  


all square  
      adj   postpositive  
1    mutually clear of all debts or obligations  
2    (of contestants or teams in sports) having equal scores  
bevel square  
      n   a woodworker's square with an adjustable arm that can be set to mark out an angle or to check the slope of a surface  
chi-square distribution  
      n     (Statistics)   a continuous single-parameter distribution derived as a special case of the gamma distribution and used esp. to measure goodness of fit and to test hypotheses and obtain confidence intervals for the variance of a normally distributed variable  
chi-square test  
      n     (Statistics)   a test derived from the chi-square distribution to compare the goodness of fit of theoretical and observed frequency distributions or to compare nominal data derived from unmatched groups of subjects  
inverse square law  
      n   any natural law in which the magnitude of a physical quantity varies inversely with the square of the distance from its source  
Latin square  
      n   (in statistical analysis) one of a set of square arrays of n rows and columns, esp. as used in statistics and studied in combinatorial analysis, built up from n different symbols so that no symbol occurs more than once in any row or column  
magic square  
      n   a square array of rows of integers arranged so that the sum of the integers is the same when taken vertically, horizontally, or diagonally  
mitre square  
      n   a tool with two blades that are at a fixed angle to one another, used to bevel a mitre joint  
root mean square  
      n   the square root of the average of the squares of a set of numbers or quantities  
the root mean square of 1, 2, and 4 is square root [(12 + 22 + 42)/3] = square root 7        (Abbrev)    rms  
set square  
      n   a thin flat piece of plastic, metal, etc., in the shape of a right-angled triangle, used in technical drawing  
square away  
      vb   adv  
1    to set the sails of (a square-rigger) at right angles to the keel  
2    tr     (U.S. and Canadian)   to make neat and tidy  
square-bashing  
      n     (Brit, military)  
slang   drill on a barrack square  
square bracket  
      n  
1    either of a pair of characters [ ], used to enclose a section of writing or printing to separate it from the main text  
2      (Also called)    bracket   either of these characters used as a sign of aggregation in mathematical or logical expressions indicating that the expression contained in the brackets is to be evaluated first and treated as a unit in the evaluation of the whole  
square dance  
      n  
1      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   any of various formation dances, such as a quadrille, in which the couples form squares  
      vb  
  square-dance  
2    intr   to perform such a dance  
  square-dancer      n  
square knot  
      n      another name for       reef knot  
square leg  
      n     (Cricket)  
1    a fielding position on the on side approximately at right angles to the batsman  
2    a person who fields in this position  
square matrix  
      n     (Maths)   a matrix in which the number of rows is equal to the number of columns  
square meal  
      n   a substantial meal consisting of enough food to satisfy  
square measure  
      n   a unit or system of units for measuring areas  
square number  
      n   an integer, such as 1, 4, 9, or 16, that is the square of an integer  
square off  
      vb   intr, adv   to assume a posture of offence or defence, as in boxing  
square of opposition  
      n      See       opposition       10b  
square piano  
      n     (Music)   an obsolete form of piano, horizontally strung and with an oblong frame  
square-rigged  
      adj     (Nautical)   rigged with square sails  
square-rigger  
      n     (Nautical)   a square-rigged ship  
square root  
      n   a number or quantity that when multiplied by itself gives a given number or quantity  
2 is the square root of 4, usually written square root 4, <root4>, 41/2     
square sail  
      n     (Nautical)   a rectangular or square sail set on a horizontal yard rigged more or less athwartships  
square shooter  
      n  
Informal     (chiefly U.S.)   an honest or frank person  
  square shooting      n  
square tin  
      n     (Brit)   a medium-sized loaf having a crusty top, baked in a tin with a square base  
square up  
      vb   adv  
1    to pay or settle (bills, debts, etc.)  
2    Informal   to arrange or be arranged satisfactorily  
3    intr; foll by: to   to prepare to be confronted (with), esp. courageously  
4    tr; foll by: to   to adopt a position of readiness to fight (an opponent)  
5    tr   to transfer (a drawing) by aid of a network of squares  
square wave  
      n   an oscillation, for example in voltage pulse, that alternates between two fixed values with a negligible transition time between the two, giving a rectangular waveform  
tee-square  
      n      a variant spelling of       T-square  
three-square  
      adj   having a cross section that is an equilateral triangle  
a three-square file     
Times Square  
      n   a square formed by the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue in New York City, extending from 42nd to 45th Street  
try square  
      n   a device for testing or laying out right angles, usually consisting of a metal blade fixed at right angles to a wooden handle  
T-square  
      n   a T-shaped ruler used in mechanical drawing, consisting of a short crosspiece, which slides along the edge of the drawing board, and a long horizontal piece: used for drawing horizontal lines and to support set squares when drawing vertical and inclined lines  
word square  
      n   a puzzle in which the player must fill a square grid with words that read the same across as down  
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