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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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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.]
n.
An apron is a piece of clothing that you put on over the front of your normal clothes and tie round your waist, especially when you are cooking, in order to prevent your clothes from getting dirty.
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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