from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere within the Milky Way near Lupus and Ara.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A female given name.
- proper n. An inconspicuous constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a carpenter's square. It lies south of the constellations Scorpius and Centaurus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A norm; a principle or rule; a model; a standard.
- n. A mason's or a carpenter's square or rule.
- n. A templet or gauge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rule, measure, or norm.
- n. A square for measuring right angles, used by carpenters, masons, and other artificers to make their work rectangular.
- n. A pattern; a gage; a templet; a model.
- n. The Square, a small southern constellation, introduced by Lacaille in the middle of the eighteenth century, between Vulpes and Ara. It was at first called Norma et regula; but the name is now abridged.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Lupus and Ara in the Milky Way
Latin norma, carpenter's square; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined name of an imaginary Celtic priestess in Bellini's opera Norma (1831). Sometimes explained as Latin norma ("pattern, model"), or as a feminine form of Norman (Wiktionary)