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