from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a shape broad as compared with the height, and bounded by rectilinear rather than curved lines: as, a square-built man or ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. broad and solidly built


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  • It was a square-built room, very plain, with lime-washed plaster walls and a rush-strewn floor.

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  • The space was windowless, square-built, and with only one door, smelling of unseasoned timber and straw from the thatched roof.

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  • At last the blindfold was whisked away from his face and Tolliver found himself blinking in the unfamiliar light of a well-furnished room, face to face with a square-built, middle-aged man in a heavy wool suit.

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  • “I am a common-looking square-built woman compared to her,” she said to herself.

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