Definition of rectangle in English: rectangle
noun A plane figure with four straight sides and four right angles, especially one with unequal adjacent sides, in contrast to a square.
Example sentences
‘He arranges thin rectangles, squares, triangles and trapezoids in complex patterns on the wall.’ ‘Here, horseshoe shapes, ovals and rectangles are organized into four groups.’ ‘That last one was originally a simple square, which would of course be divided up into four rectangles.’ ‘In particular books one and two set out basic properties of triangles, parallels, parallelograms, rectangles and squares.’ ‘Working together, we used a red crayon to divide the upper right rectangle into eight smaller rectangles.’ ‘Grouping wall decor in geometric shapes such as rectangles, triangles or circles adds interest.’ ‘The class will begin to see different shapes and sizes of rectangles and an occasional square.’ ‘The paintings are long or tall rectangles or approximately square panels and are about as big as game boards.’ ‘The types of shapes for which the area is calculated include triangles, rectangles, circles, trapeziums.’ ‘Squares, rectangles, or triangles of fabrics were pieced together to form larger units.’ ‘One face was decorated with narrow blue lines forming patterns of circles, rectangles, and squares.’ ‘Next, pre-cut rectangles and squares of different shades of green paper were distributed.’ ‘Cut the shortbread into squares or rectangles while still hot.’ ‘Let's start with a rectangle, and then remove a square from it with the same side length as the shortest side of the rectangle.’ ‘Show students how to combine rectangles and triangles to create houses.’ ‘Start with a square and add a square of the same size to form a new rectangle.’ ‘In the remaining works, the interplay of rectangles and squares is more elaborate.’ ‘But among the neatly stitched squares and rectangles of denim and canvas there is one of thick regimental tartan.’ ‘Then a word would appear in one of the four rectangles, and players were instructed to click on it as quickly as possible.’ ‘Cut into squares or rectangles and transfer to a baking tray, lined with baking paper or a baking cloth.’ Origin Late 16th century: from medieval Latin rectangulum, from late Latin rectiangulum, based on Latin rectus ‘straight’ + angulus ‘an angle’.