In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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1.1(shape)
cuadrado masculine(in fabric design) cuadro masculine- The problem of squaring the circle, namely constructing a square with the same area as a given circle using ruler and compasses alone, had been one of the classical problems of Greek mathematics.
- I chose matte ceramic tile for the countertops, and taupe and white matte vinyl squares on the floor.
- He was wearing a woollen cap and a fleece jacket with white squares on either side of the zip.
- Roll out the puff pastry to a square, measuring about 24 cm.
- Adding sticky-back mirror squares at the back of a shelving system of this sort magnifies the space.
- Since 1800 B.C. mathematicians have worked on the problem of constructing a square equal in area to that of a given circle.
- Triangles, squares and hexagons create their own proportions and systems.
- In addition to the traditional graphics such as triangle, square and circle, designers adopted a lot of irregular patterns.
- The quilt is made up of calico squares.
- By painting the backs of glass squares ordered from a window glass supplier, you can create distinctive coasters - for yourself or for gifts.
- Circles, squares or collages of geometric shapes executed in bright acrylic colours float freely on the surface of his paintings.
- The beer garden is a concrete square out back, bordered by two brick walls and a grey stone tenement.
- Geometric designs are created by piecing or patching together triangles, squares and rectangles.
- Look down at the floor and you will see it is made up of black and white tile squares some of which spell out obituaries for Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other significant cultural icons.
- Every circle was inscribed inside a square such that the sides of the circle just touched the sides of the square.
- Its flag has alternating red-and-white stripes with a dark blue square in the upper-right corner which contains a star.
- She turned it over a couple times in her hands before she finally opened it and out fell a piece of paper, folded into the smallest square it could be.
- In a large room next to a hangar, two huge boards are covered with small paper squares in yellow, purple and orange.
- Using a utility knife cut a small square out of the lid to serve as a picture frame.
- Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured board and trim to a 25 cm-wide circle or square.
- Choosing a darker hue, such as violet, I began by drawing three squares.
- His digital prints are slightly larger than a record cover, but just as square, and divided into a further four squares, each containing a different image.
- Geometric shapes originate from the square, circle or triangle and organic shapes are free-flowing shapes found in nature.
- As the lessons carried on, Heather began drawing small squares on her paper.
- We selected a small square of sand bordered by several logs and overhung with a leafy screen and set our bags to the ground.
- Cut out 8 squares of tightly woven muslin, 8 squares of felt, and 8 squares of autumn or seasonal print material.
- One method would be to take squares of cloth and make little pillows about 4 inches square stuffed with herbs or nicely scented potpourri.
- Flooring consists of basic white ceramic squares interspersed with alternating colors of 1-inch glass mosaics.
- Over breakfast he got a Weetabix carton and cut out two squares and glued them together.
- They come in two shapes, either a square or a hexagon.
- Because the square and pentagon have equal areas, they are isoparametric.
- Carpet tiles come precut in twelve- or eighteen-inch squares.
- The Suprematists took the art of painting and porcelain making to the ultimate extreme of complete abstraction, using the geometrical forms of the square, circle and cross.
- We all think of a line segment as being one-dimensional, a square two-dimensional and a cube three-dimensional, but what does this really mean?
- To make pinwheels, cut heavy paper or Mylar into 8-inch squares.
- The 2 X 0.5 m board was divided into four equal sections, with each section divided into 25 squares of equal size.
- Needlework is an integral part of this craft and motifs are in basic geometric combinations - squares, triangles and diamonds, says Naveen Shah.
- The walls were lined in mirrored squares and there were even small spotlights reflecting off everything.
- In all the pieces, the 12 squares are subdivided into four equal sections by painted lines that stop short of the middle.
- It's a piece of plywood with squares cut out of it.
- He arranges thin rectangles, squares, triangles and trapezoids in complex patterns on the wall.
1.2(of cloth, paper)
cuadrado masculinetrozo cuadrado masculinea silk (head) square — un pañuelo de seda cuadrado1.3
(on chessboard) casilla feminine(on chessboard) escaque masculine(in crossword) casilla feminine- Chess, however, is almost inconceivably more complex, and the pieces can be arranged on the 64 squares of the board in 10 distinct ways.
- For the next three moves nothing existed for me but the sixty four black and white squares in front of me, on which twenty chess pieces fought an intricate dance of death.
- ‘Your move,’ said Adam, moving his rook forward two squares.
- Based on the traditional 64 - square checkerboard, the game appears simple.
- A bishop can only move diagonally, and thus, can only get into a space that is the same color as the square it started on.
- Every time you move, you write the letter for the piece that moved followed by the name of the square it moved to.
- The modern game dates from the 15th century, when the board of squares became chequered and the pieces gained their present form.
- Every square on the board is labelled by a letter and a number.
- Players can double and triple letter and word points by strategically using Birdie and Eagle squares on the board.
- Placed in the center of a board, a Bishop can simply cover more squares than a Knight can.
- Armed with enormous talent and intelligence, Kasparov reigned supreme over the board of 64 squares like none of his great predecessors.
- A beautiful carved board with 13x13 squares was found at Gokstad in Norway.
- Each player in her turn chooses one of the squares of the board and writes a number from 1 to 6 in the square with her colored pen.
- The human can sometimes win simply by moving a piece back and forth between the same two squares, and the computer wastes all of its time re-examining each position.
- He picked up a rook and moved it forward three squares, capturing a knight, and exposing the king.
- We have this bingo-type game where you match tokens to squares on a board.
- This game is superior in complexity to English draughts by virtue of the fact that it is played on a board ten squares by ten squares and that capturing moves have an extended scope.
- His list of demands - about the conditions, the noise, the exact shade and millimetre length of the squares on the board - grew longer each day.
- The board in the current version has raised squares to hold the tiles and needs no alterations, as long as the blind player knows which way the board is oriented at the beginning.
- Elaborating on the Braille chessboard, he said, the black squares on the board were slightly more raised than the white ones.
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2.1(in town, city)
plaza feminine- As thousands of people stood vigil in St. Peter's square all day today, millions more stayed glued to their televisions.
- The center of town was a tree-lined square, surrounded by quaint-looking stores and antique shops.
- Meanwhile in the town square the crowds were being entertained with Irish music and dancing.
- As they approached the town square a guard of honour was provided by 20 veterans for groups including the Royal British Legion and Indian Ex-Servicemen.
- The Rio Bravo workers have camped out in the city's main square.
- Tucked away at the top of the square this small hotel exudes tranquillity.
- In Kiev there is a big statue in the square erected in his honor.
- The next morning, I head out early and stop first at Plaza Mayor, a huge square surrounded by some of the oldest buildings in the city.
- Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters filled streets and squares, blocked roads, walked out of schools and universities and temporarily stopped work yesterday.
- First impressions are that I've found the quintessential Western town, with clapboard houses and little red brick shops lining a tree-shaded square.
- The most famous restaurant in town is Wierzynek, on a corner of Rynek Glowny, Krakow's main square, the largest in medieval Europe and the pulsing heart of the city.
- As we arrived at the square the normal jumble of carts, wagons, stalls, and milling people that we saw every day greeted us.
- Tonight the pontiff will return to St Peter's Square to celebrate midnight mass.
- There will be free performances in the square every day next week, around lunch and tea-time.
- The revamp also aims to encourage people to stay in the city centre before and after a trip to the theatre or the Winter Gardens by making the square an attraction in its own right.
- After sticking our heads into various hostels to inquire about prices, we picked one a few blocks from the square which was very clean, as hostels go.
- We soon came to a large village square with a beautiful fountain in the center.
- There is a statue of Nelson in the main square in Bridgetown that pre-dates the one in Trafalgar Square.
- A beer in one of the bars around the square is a convenient way to get your bearings and make a plan.
- Demonstrators were kept tightly packed into the square for more than four hours in the rain without access to any facilities.
2.2(in barracks)
patio masculine- The Duke inspected a passing-in parade of 800 junior soldiers on the college drill square and congratulated them on completing their first six weeks of training.
- Some 649 inmates are held at the category C prison in accommodation which is built around the former drill square.
- Senior Army officers tell us that these camps are little more than squares for drills and target practices.
- I recall ‘unflattering remarks’ aimed at me on the drill square.
- They filled the parade square of Howe Barracks as the soldiers arrived by coach from nearby Manston Airport where they had touched down a couple of hours earlier.
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Mathematicscuadrado masculinethe square of 5 is 25 — el cuadrado de 5 es 25- The signal-to-noise ratio of FCS measurements is proportional to the square of the molecular brightness.
- He gives some interesting conditions for the decimal representation of a number n to be a square.
- An individual's BMI is defined as their weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters.
- In other words, the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the triangle's two legs.
- I have modeled it as proportional to the square of the velocity and determined an air resistance coefficient from the data, which varies from object to object.
- Assuming a constant wing shape and oscillating stroke, the average lift is proportional to the square of wingbeat frequency.
- After giving further results of this type he gives his famous result that the distance that a body moves from rest under uniform acceleration is proportional to the square of the time taken.
- Asked for the square of 4,395 he hesitated but on the question being repeated he gave the correct answer, namely 19,316,025.
- BMI measures weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's body height.
- On the other hand, 7 is an example of an integer that can't be written as the sum of three squares.
- The square of the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the legs.
- After all, the kinetic energy of any object is equal to half its mass multiplied by the square of its velocity.
- Consider, for example, the Pythagorean theorem that the square on the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
- The square of an even number is even; 6 is even; therefore, the square of 6 is even.
- She received the Ford Prize from the Mathematical Association of America in 1971 for a paper on the sums of squares.
- In 1770, French mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange proved what previous mathematicians had suspected or assumed: Every positive integer is either a square itself or the sum of two, three, or four squares.
- Quetelet believed that there are forces which tend to prevent this population growth and that they increase with the square of the rate at which the population grows.
- The scalogram is a plot of the sum of the squares of the coefficients at each scale.
- For electromagnetism, the coupling constant is proportional to the square of the electric charge.
- The quadruple of this is 84, which subtracted from the square of 10, namely 100, yields 16.
- Other results obtained by al-Karaji include summing the first n natural numbers, the squares of the first n natural numbers and the cubes of these numbers.
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(instrument)escuadra feminine- Then mark the ends of the joists at this point and draw a line across them with a combination square.
- Be sure, therefore, that each line is running exactly along each arm of the square.
- Using a small square draw a line from this mark across the pointed end of the plywood.
- Use a drywall square to connect the points and make your cut accordingly.
- Hold a carpenter's square with the long tongue against the back wall and slide it into the corner.
- Although you could use a framing square for this job, a better option involves equalizing diagonal measurements.
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(conventional person)soso masculine informalsosa feminine informalcarroza masculine Spain informalzanahorio masculine Colombia Venezuela informalzanahoria feminine Venezuela Colombia informal- Again, all we asked for was leadership and three squares a day.
- She called me so many things she said I was old-fashioned, stubborn and a square for not allowing her to go.
- Come on Maggie: don't be such a square.
- He's a plodding, conventional square, she's a get-ahead, modern girl who doesn't need to cling to conventional wisdom.
- You may not need or want to plan a schedule around ‘three squares a day.’
- As we said earlier and as history has demonstrated, there's nothing wrong with three squares a day.
- The concept of three squares a day is obsolete: the new theory calls for several smaller meals to keep your metabolism churning.
- My crew is pretty lucky, though - I like to see they get three squares a day.
- Mine was a lousy job. There must be a better way of making three squares a day.
- Sometimes, you're just too tired - or too busy - to fit in three squares a day.
adjectivesquarer, squarest
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(box/table/block) cuadradothe room is 15 feet square — la habitación mide 15 (pies) por 15 (pies)- There was at least one other pocket watch that he could see, and several wristwatches, and square jeweler's boxes in worn blue and green velvet.
- He handed me a square flat black box with a white ribbon.
- Within 15 minutes my tart of goats cheese and asparagus was on the table, nicely presented on a square plate with drizzles of sticky balsamic vinegar.
- Next to the bed was a square wooden table, on which lay a towel and a wash basin filled with warm water.
- I thought it was time for a change from the round glasses I'm used to, so I went for narrower, squarer lenses.
- Audrey had thick brown hair and blunt almost square features.
- A small square table with two wooden chairs on each side was positioned in the middle of the room.
- Opening the bag, she took out a square box and gaped at the picture.
- My mom handed both the little girls a blue square box.
- The house was a fairly simple square structure with only a few rooms.
- A huge mound of square granite blocks can still be seen at the base of the Koppie.
- The square shape of Scarborough Castle comes into view, and we turn inland.
- The cliffs behind me were green and lush with ferns, and there were square white buildings nestled into the vegetation.
- Now click on the little square box to the left of Snapshot 1.
- He sat down at the small, square table across from her, chuckling a little.
- ‘Here, I got you a little something,’ she says, handing me a flat, square package.
- Therefore, none of the Waldorf classrooms are square; all are angled in such a way as to help the children focus.
- Nobody wants an ugly square box taking up prominent shelf space in the living room.
- Ideally you want to have pixels that are approximately square in shape.
- Marvolo reached inside his pocket and pulled out a small square navy blue box.
- Grace beams and clasps her hands together as Steven reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small, square package wrapped in simple white paper and a red ribbon.
- Spread the mixture in a lightly oiled square ovenproof dish and use the spoon to flatten the surface.
- There are both round and square tables with excellent access for wheelchairs and walking frames.
- With a light shake of his head, Michael laughed and drained the last of his Coke, square ice cubes clinking against the clear glass.
- She pointed out that they were different shapes, one slightly squarer, one more rectangular.
- Under them were a number of small square paper candy boxes.
- Instead, he fishes out a square ice cream bar wrapped in silver foil.
- In my day we only had the simplest of Lego pieces - just square blocks.
- The two chocolates will be presented in a square box, which matches the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses.
- Four players stand in a square formation 5 yards away from the receiver, who's in the middle.
- He laid out the revolver, an aerosol can, some superglue and a brightly wrapped square box on the back seat.
- The ‘glass’ was a square block of ice with a hole in the centre.
- Castle builders realised that round towers had more strength than conventional square ones.
- I bought a Bounty and ate it on the bus as we dove through the dirty square blocks of the southern suburbs.
- Most of the competition entries were conventional square buildings - very few had any softening of their lines.
- It is a square box with two gears on top and a switch on the side.
- These stairs were shorter, leading down to a simple square room.
- I could just pick out enormous square shapes on the seabed below, seemingly arranged in a regular pattern.
- She was wearing a plain tweedy suit with a simple square pendant of some purple gem.
- It's a trout which migrates to sea, is smaller but chunkier than salmon, has a squarer tail, pink flesh and tastes more delicate.
- In the middle of the room was a large square table.
1.2(having right angles)
(side/corner/edges) en ángulo recto(corner/side/edges) a escuadrato cut sth on the square — cortar algo al hilo- to be on the square — ser derecho
- Failing to make your foundation square is the easiest way to have an awful time building a greenhouse.
- Take the optical cable that came with your MD Recorder and plug the square end into your sound card.
- No angle is square, so it's more time consuming and is much more expensive.
- For example, the houses that we see in this map, they appear to have sort-of square corners, even though they've got rounded roofs.
1.3(of body)
(face) cuadrado(jaw) angular(jaw) cuadradoof square build — de complexión fornida / robusta- The other male was older, about thirty-five and taller, with a well-built physique and a square jaw.
- He was tall, probably a foot taller than me, and he had dark hair, hazel-green eyes, a square jaw, and the look of one who was serious and dedicated in all that he did.
- Certainly, with his impressive build and square jaw, McConaughey looks like he could take on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck simultaneously without breaking a sweat.
- Rue seemed glad to be able to turn her attention back to the attractive man with the square jaw and jade-green eyes.
- He was burly with dark, weathered skin and a wide, square jaw.
- This whole cover is one piece of aluminum bent into a U shape, with square windows on all sides.
- She had a square face and long broad facial features.
- Her square jaw was set, and she looked somehow as if she was trying not to think at all.
- The warden was a tall, square woman with broad shoulders and a horsey face.
- His jet-black hair was cropped short, just as fighting men of the time wore it, and his chiseled features emphasized his square jaw.
- She'd obviously inherited her mother's elegant features, but combined with her father's square jaw, it made her look severe and tense.
- He has well-defined square, straight shoulders and a muscular chest kept remarkably youthful by a healthy exercise regimen.
- He was a man in his late forties with a square jaw and flaming red hair.
- Her jaw was square and appeared even squarer with her coarse black hair pulled from her face and twisted into a knot at the back of her head.
- You can see the determination in the square outline of his jaw, the jutting staunchness of his features.
- Two days worth of facial hair accentuated his firm, square jaw.
- He's very muscular and has a chiselled physique and square jaw.
- His jaw had become squarer, his eyebrows bushier, and his hair much coarser.
- The young soldier, who has cropped dark brown hair and a square jaw, sat slightly hunched in the dock, according to a military courtroom drawing.
- It was obvious that the men were brothers just by looking at them - they all shared the same dark hair and tanned skin, square jaws and high cheekbones.
- Javier Bardem, the Spanish actor who plays Arenas, has a remarkable head: square jaw, large doe eyes, broken nose, curly hair.
- I have a difficult time finding cute or elegant clothes that flatter my shorter and squarer figure.
- He was kind of cute with a square jaw and golden blonde hair.
- He has a square jaw, a scar above his top lip and a gold stud in his left nostril.
- For example, if they are ovulating they find a rugged looking face with a square jaw and masculine features the most attractive.
- The creature is broad, with square shoulders, but not tall, roughly five and a half feet.
- His solid, square face is red from the cold air outside, and when he bends down to kiss Cynthia she pulls back from his cold lips, laughing.
- A square face benefits from a chin length bob that ends in a soft flip or gentle wave.
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Mathematics(yard/mile) cuadradofifty square kilometers — cincuenta kilómetros cuadrados- Real estate agents said the four units have a total floor area of about 5,700 square feet.
- In 1998 the site owners refurbished 30 units on the site, covering about 3100 square metres.
- Dustin said he had found asbestos chunks up to 10 centimetres square.
- We were in a bare cell measuring about ten yards square.
- It has been estimated that an individual polar bear will cover an area equal to 259,000 square kilometres during its lifetime.
- The British Galleries occupy about thirty-four hundred square meters of space on two floors.
- His office is a five metres square room reached down a long corridor, one floor above the concourse at London's Euston station.
- The 9050 square kilometre Luangwa game park is acknowledged as one of the top 10 game parks in Africa with a wide variety of wildlife birds and vegetation.
- No bags, rucksacks or backpacks larger than eight inches square will be allowed beyond the ticket and security checkpoints.
- More than a quarter of the mainland, 2.6 million square km, is now desert.
- Already the southern Russian desert is increasing by 500 square kilometres every year.
- Access for anyone in a wheelchair, she said, would have been severely hampered if not made impossible by the various items stored in the eight feet square room.
- A group of otters has a feeding territory of 7 to 12 square kilometers.
- The current International Exhibition Center has just over 60,000 square meters of floor space.
- But with six million square miles of ocean, drug runners often elude authorities.
- The floor of the porch is covered in green 12-inch square slate tiles.
- For the finest work, it takes four weavers three months to finish a rug that measures six square meters (about seven square yards).
- So Colonel Hickey ordered nearly two square miles blocked off, and an intensive search began.
- The recorder, a four-inch square metal box, is currently installed in most recent GM vehicles and select 2000 and later Ford vehicles.
- The 60 mostly uninhabited islands which comprise the group lie within an area only 20 miles square.
- An average de-miner can clear approximately 20 to 50 square meters a day.
- The new East End National Park will be the smallest in the country, covering just 20 square kilometres.
- The £3 million fund will be used to fill potholes across two million square metres of road.
- Within the 416 square miles of the park there are 355 miles of hiking trails.
- They were clinging to a rock about 4 metres square and barely one metre above the sea.
- The reserve lies in the centre of the delta and occupies 3,000 square kilometres.
- He had begun work on a small cabin, approximately twelve to thirteen feet square.
- The two-storey Victorian property has 242 square metres of living space.
- The water park covers 40 square miles south of Cirencester and has 140 man-made lakes.
- In fact the total area of cloud forest is something like 400,000 square kilometres.
- In 15 years, the average American home has grown by almost eight square meters.
- At present our sports hall is tiny - about nine metres square.
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3.1(fair, honest)
to be square with sb — ser franco con algn- I'll be square with you — voy a ser franco contigo
3.2(large and wholesome)
(meal) decente3.3(even)
let's call it all square — digamos que estamos en paz- the teams were (all) square — los equipos iban empatados / iguales
- to get square with sb — ajustarle las cuentas a algn
- It was all square in the last quarter when Derek Reape put the ball in the net and that was the difference at the final whistle.
- Charnock then came at Corinthians and after a miskick in the penalty area the ball was smashed into the net to make the game all square at half time.
- Wilsden then equalised from a corner to make it all square at the break.
- Sloyan kept Sligo in contention throughout and when he put the game all square with three minutes to play the odds on a home victory shortened.
- Andy Day had given them the lead with a 40-yard shot into the top corner, but by the half-time whistle it was all square as the Swans replied with a Scott strike.
- Much to Chríost Rí's dismay, they were all square at the end of the first quarter.
- Jennings took a two game lead quickly, Hyland fought back with some brilliant play to make the game all square at 2 all.
- The first game ended all square, and the replay was due to be played a fortnight ago, only to be controversially called off minutes before kick off because of floodlight failure.
- Former Castlebar Celtic player Danny Lawless also went close for Snugboro but despite the best efforts off both teams the game ended all square.
- The game was all square after 10 minutes as points from Ryan Cafferkey and Eamon O'Reilly were matched by Noel Convey and Ciaran McDonald.
- Scart's midfielder Daniel Murphy made it all square once more at the end of the third quarter and the same player put his side one point to the good in the 47th minute.
- Two points from Scart's Daniel Murphy in the final quarter made it all square between the sides at five points each with about six minutes remaining.
- It seems to have escaped the attention of certain parts of the BBC that we are all square with two tests still to play.
- The game finished all square after ninety minutes but extra time did sort the two sides out as the home side scored twice to book their place in the next round.
- Both sides exchanged scores and lead throughout this quarter and it ended all square 11-11.
- Eight minutes from time Simon Collins just failed to connect with an excellent Serrant free-kick and a minute later it was all square as Brierley lobbed Matt Boswell from the corner of the area.
- Fulke pulls his game back to all square at the 16th after Love narrowly misses a putt from the edge of the green.
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Sport(pass) cruzado- When he eventually tries a square pass to van Persie, some defender makes a desperate sliding clearance.
- Hogg then outpaced the Beckwithshaw defence during a swift break and his square pass into the penalty-area was gleefully blasted home by Braithwaite from 12 yards.
- There were 12 minutes left on the watch when he received a square pass from Yorke 20 yards inside the Tottenham half.
- But Rooney's square ball fell behind the unmarked Van Nistelrooy and was smuggled away for a corner.
- Connolly's excellent run took him into the Sherwood area but he elected to shoot when a square pass would have left Lofthouse with an open goal.
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(conventional)soso informalrígidamente convencionalcarroza Spain informalzanahorio Colombia Venezuela informal- I'm so glad that I look so square that nobody ever offers me drugs.
- He talked about how much he'd enjoyed scaring Gunn this morning, and that Dennis was too square to actually try something like that.
- The main courses were a bit square, but still good.
- From now on, he would no longer be boring old Harry the square Republican.
- I was reminded of a study that suggests children who develop a fascination with celebrities are likely to be more popular and better adjusted than their squarer peers.
- Perhaps if these teachers paid attention to the way they dressed, English classes wouldn't be so square.
- I think he was either too square or too hip to even know who Mike Read was.
adverb
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square in the middle of sth — en pleno centro de algo- he hit me square on the mouth — me dio de lleno en la boca
- to look sb square in the eye — mirar a algn (directamente) a los ojos
- She watched him punch a man square in the face, nearly knocking him off of his feet.
- It looks to me like he hit you square on.
- With full speed she aimed directly at Allison's face and with full force punched her square in the face.
- I punched him square in the face, but he did not let go.
- I flicked my red pen at him, hitting him square in the chest.
- Franklin felt as if a ton of bricks had landed square in the middle of his chest.
- He turns around and kicks the photographer square in the forehead.
- He made sure that when he met the President, he looked him square in the eye.
- She swung her foot around behind her and kicked him square in the chest.
- Sheldon grabbed a piece of wood, twisted her body around and hit the man square in the face.
- Tyler threw a right hook hitting the guy square in the jaw; very nearly breaking it.
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1.1(make square)
(side/angle) cuadrarhe squared his shoulders — se puso derecho- The island is particularly well known for its whaling boats, pointed at both ends (most Caribbean boats have squared keels) and up to about thirty feet long.
- If you want a formal garden, you might want to get out the tape measure and square the corners, or use a string and two stakes to create rows.
- The trigger is gently curved and smooth, as all good double action triggers should be, and the front of the trigger guard is squared slightly and grooved.
- Cut the roll into six equal pieces and square off the ends.
1.2(mark squares on)
cuadricular- One-third of the island's population converges daily into Fort-de-France, whose narrow symmetrically squared streets are as congested during the day as they are empty at night.
- Try to copy one of the designs on squared paper in such a way that each unit square has only one colour.
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Mathematicselevar al cuadrado- The revulsion we still feel when women rather than men commit murders became revulsion squared.
- Well, when September 1st falls on a Monday, it's like Monday squared: new school term, new resolutions, new week, new season etc.
- Such a sequence consists of the remainders, or residues, after squaring consecutive whole numbers, then dividing them by a given prime number.
- If you square the radius times the pi, you will get the circle's space.
- ‘When air traffic doubles, the risk of collision is squared,’ he said.
- In 1907, he abbreviated it to what would become science's most famous equation: The amount of energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, or E = mc².
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3.1(settle, make even)
(debts/accounts) pagar(debts/accounts) saldarto square sth with sb — arreglar algo con algn- She trusts you. Everybody knows you always square your debts.
- You'd've been better off using it to square some of your Dad's debts!
- Don't forget to square that tab on the way out.
- If the other pitcher threw at one of your players, then you had to square the account.
- Foreign currency experts believe institutions are anxious to square their books ahead of the election.
- Punishment was meted out to suit the offense; once it had been administered, the account was squared, and no wise clan lord or war leader continued to hold the past against his followers.
- Unfortunately for Peregrine, investors' interest in the bonds disappeared when the financial crisis broke and it was unable to square its position.
- Atlantic City sees Springsteen's character taking money to make a gangland hit in order to square his debts.
- Although it did recover its poise for a time, it fell away towards the close as traders decided to square any outstanding positions.
- Austin promised Telenor a consultancy invoice to square their accounts.
- Later, as we enjoyed a complimentary drink back at the cabin while we squared up the bill, he attempted his first bit of chitchat with me.
3.2Sport
(game/match) igualar- So disorientated was he at the end that, faced with a four-foot putt to square the match on the last green, he almost made an error that would have prematurely cost him the match.
- Williams was forced to use high-risk all-or-nothing tactics which backfired as Seles squared the match then secured victory.
- And 17 minutes from time, Heskey became the third Liverpool player to get on the score-sheet, when Scholes squared the ball to him in the penalty area.
- He squared the contest on the 11th and took the lead for the first time on the 15th.
- The only goal of the game came after just nine minutes when Grant Johnson squared the ball to Keith Gibson and the midfielder sent a powerful shot into the net from 25 yards.
- Twist, the number one seed, missed a great chance to square the match at 8-8.
- I'd like to see England win this one and square the series.
- The Swede, one of the top putters on the European tour, missed another four-foot birdie on the 12th that would have squared the match.
- And indeed eight minutes into the half he squared the match with another free kick.
- Giggs was never going to be caught and he squared a ball into the centre at speed.
- Butcher kept alive his team's hopes of squaring the three-match series with his second consecutive half-century.
- Thirteen nervous minutes into the contest Doran converted a free from 38 metres but Mulligan squared the match in the 16th minute after interplay between Smith and McGoldrick.
- Chances are we could have squared the series by winning the second Test.
- In the final match, Lara scored yet another hundred but this was so frantic and frenzied that it could not stop the Australians from winning the match and squaring the series.
- But after I won three of the next four holes to square the match, suddenly I was flying high.
- A minute later Kendal's new recruit Simon Garner missed his tackle on the left and Craig Hopkins raced to the byline before squaring the ball to Taylor.
- But Howell birdied the 17th to square the match and Casey's par on the last earned the European pair a significant victory on their Ryder Cup debuts.
- Mike Rudd squared his match with a birdie four at the 18 th-hole, while Kevin Miller rallied from one down with three to play for birdies on the 16th and 17th for a one-hole victory.
- If they are not able to pick up a victory to square the series, it will give England a huge boost with four matches left, not to mention a handy 2-0 lead.
- By his own standards, Bowe struggled at times but he did produce a magnificent birdie when most needed at the testing 17th to square the match.
- The big Castlewellan player showed nerves of steel to hammer the ball through the uprights and square the match.
- The Norwegian midfielder squared the ball to Viduka, who simply side-footed home what proved to be the winner.
- Garcia made the birdie at the eleventh to square the match.
- It was cruel luck for the tourists, who could have done with wrapping up the innings quickly in a match they must win to square the series.
3.3(reconcile)
(principles/facts) conciliarto square sth with sth — conciliar algo con algo- I couldn't square it with my conscience — mi conciencia no me lo permitía
- The scarcity of liquid water on Mars today is not easy to square with the abundant evidence that large volumes of water flowed on the planet in the past.
- He has yet to explain how he will square these policies.
- He is asked how he can square the bellicose God of the Old Testament with his ideas on peace and love.
- But it is impossible to square his account with reports published by, for example, the Washington Post.
- I had always been into science, and I didn't know how to square the book of Genesis with the things I had read.
- It's hard to square this with the photographs that are regularly splashed across the fashion press: she always looks too perfect to be real.
- More and more people are coming to realize this the hard way, by looking at the government's figures and trying to square them with their own experience.
- How can I square my urge to support her with the fact that she has behaved so badly?
- It is hard to square the sharp increase in the consumption of alcohol with increasing health awareness, which in turn could lead to a radical shift in eating habits.
- It was hard to square their primitive lifestyle with their incredible abilities.
- All this and yet no one had the nerve to stand up and publicly ask the deceitful politician how he squared his public policy positions with his private life?
- I find this hard to square with Christian moral teaching.
- I don't see how this can be squared with what Hillman is now telling us.
- Arguments for the existence of free will are hard to square with scientific advances which show how to bend the will.
- Surely, though, such a decision would be hard to square with the government's liberalisation of media ownership contained in its own Communications Act.
- Here, too, the facts are hard to square with the argument.
- But Edwards's public face remains relentlessly cheerful, and it's hard to square with the devastation he endured.
- The idea that ‘we are all guilty’ is a trendy modern notion, but one I can't square with the words of Christ.
- Moreover, such tax cuts are hard to square with Harper's promise of more money - a lot more money - to the military and the health care system.
- How will she square this with her conscience?
intransitive verb
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(arguments/ideas) concordarto square with sth — concordar / cuadrar con algo
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