quadrangle

noun /ˈkwɒdˌɹæŋ.ɡəl/
a) A geometric shape with four angles and four straight sides.

I looked up from my desk and saw that suddenly there were big flakes twirling down into the quadrangle, settling on the carefully pruned shrubbery bordering the crosswalks, the three elms still holding many of their leaves, the still-green lawns.

b) A courtyard which is quadrangular.

The quadrangle surrounding the Far Common was never considered absolutely essential to the Devon School.


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  • quadrangle — [ k(w)adrɑ̃gl ] n. m. • XIIIe; bas lat. quadrangulum ♦ Géom. Figure géométrique formée par quatre points (dont trois quelconques ne sont pas alignés) et les six droites qui les joignent deux à deux. ● quadrangle nom masculin (latin quadrangulus)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Quadrangle — may refer to:*Quadrangle (architecture), a space or courtyard, usually square or rectangular in plan, the four sides of which are entirely or mainly occupied by parts of a large building *Quadrangle (geography), a United States Geological Survey… …   Wikipedia

  • quadrangle — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. quadrangle (13c.), from L.L. quadrangulum four sided figure, properly neuter of Latin adjective quadrangulus having four quarters, from L. quattuor four (see FOUR (Cf. four)) + angulus angle (see ANGLE (Cf. angle) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • quadrangle — [kwä′draŋ΄gəl] n. [ME < MFr < LL quadrangulum < L quadr < quattuor,FOUR + angulus,ANGLE1] 1. Geom. a plane figure with four angles and four sides 2. a) an area, as of a college campus, surrounded on its four sides by buildings …   English World dictionary

  • Quadrangle — Quad ran gle, n. [F., fr. L. quadrangulum; quattuor four + angulus an angle. See {Four}, and {Angle} a corner.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Geom.) A plane figure having four angles, and consequently four sides; any figure having four angles. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quadrangle — ► NOUN 1) a four sided geometrical figure, especially a square or rectangle. 2) a square or rectangular courtyard enclosed by buildings. DERIVATIVES quadrangular adjective. ORIGIN from Latin quadri four + angulus corner, angle …   English terms dictionary

  • Quadrangle —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Quadrangle (Mars).  Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Quadrangle », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Un quadrangle est la figure formée par quatre points A, B, C, D tels que… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • quadrangle — quadrangled, adj. /kwod rang geuhl/, n. 1. a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square. 2. a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a building or buildings, as on a college campus. 3. the building or… …   Universalium

  • quadrangle — (koua dran gl ) s. m. 1°   Figure qui a quatre angles, quatre côtés. •   L on nomme de trois côtés ou triangles, celle [la figure] qui est contenue de trois lignes droites ; et de quatre côtés ou quadrangle, celle qui est comprise de quatre… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • quadrangle — UK [ˈkwɒdˌræŋɡ(ə)l] / US [ˈkwɑˌdræŋɡ(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms quadrangle : singular quadrangle plural quadrangles a square area in a school or university surrounded on all sides by buildings …   English dictionary

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