Square knot

Square knot
Square Square (skw[^a]r), a. 1. (Geom.) Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure. [1913 Webster]

2. Forming a right angle; as, a square corner. [1913 Webster]

3. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a square frame. [1913 Webster]

4. Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just. [1913 Webster]

She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to her. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest; as, square dealing. [1913 Webster]

6. Even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the accounts square. [1913 Webster]

7. Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous. [1913 Webster]

By Heaven, square eaters. More meat, I say. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

8. (Naut.) At right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; -- said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced. [1913 Webster]

Note: Square is often used in self-explaining compounds or combinations, as in square-built, square-cornered, square-cut, square-nosed, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Square foot}, an area equal to that of a square the sides of which are twelve inches; 144 square inches.

{Square knot}, a knot in which the terminal and standing parts are parallel to each other; a reef knot. See Illust. under {Knot}.

{Square measure}, the measure of a superficies or surface which depends on the length and breadth taken conjointly. The units of square measure are squares whose sides are the linear measures; as, square inches, square feet, square meters, etc.

{Square number}. See {Square}, n., 6.

{Square root of a number} or {Square root of a quantity} (Math.), that number or quantity which, multiplied by itself, produces the given number or quantity.

{Square sail} (Naut.), a four-sided sail extended upon a yard suspended by the middle; sometimes, the foresail of a schooner set upon a yard; also, a cutter's or sloop's sail boomed out. See Illust. of {Sail}.

{Square stern} (Naut.), a stern having a transom and joining the counter timbers at an angle, as distinguished from a round stern, which has no transom.

{Three-square}, {Five-square}, etc., having three, five, etc., equal sides; as, a three-square file.

{To get square with}, to get even with; to pay off. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • square knot — n AmE a type of knot that will not come undone easily …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • square knot — square′ knot n. a knot in which the ends come out alongside the standing parts • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • square knot — n. a double knot in which the free ends run parallel to the standing parts: see KNOT1 …   English World dictionary

  • square knot — noun a double knot made of two half hitches and used to join the ends of two cords • Hypernyms: ↑knot • Hyponyms: ↑reef knot, ↑flat knot * * * noun : a knot made of two reverse half knots and used to join the ends of two cords or to tie up and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Square knot insignia — are embroidered cloth patches that represent awards of the Boy Scouts of America and Scout associations throughout the world. The insignia depicts a square knot made of colored ropes; the colors are generally dictated by the award the insignia is …   Wikipedia

  • square knot — a double knot in which the free ends of the second knot lie in the same plane as the ends of the first knot …   Medical dictionary

  • square knot — noun Date: circa 1867 a knot made of two reverse half knots and typically used to join the ends of two cords see knot illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • square knot — a common knot in which the ends come out alongside of the standing parts. See illus. under knot. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • square knot — noun A common binding knot. Syn: reef knot …   Wiktionary

  • square knot — noun (C) AmE a double knot that will not come undone easily; reef knot …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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