One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Rectangular in shape; right-angled, square-cornered.
with object To place at right angles; to divide into rectangles; to give a rectangular form to; to arrange or set out in a rectangular form.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From post-classical Latin rectangulum rectangle + -ate. Compare scientific Latin rectangulata<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Phillips. From post-classical Latin rectangulum rectangle + -ate.
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