from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mathematics Quadrilateral.
- n. A rectangular area surrounded on all four sides by buildings.
- n. The buildings bordering this area.
- n. The area of land shown on one atlas sheet charted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A geometric shape with four angles and four straight sides; a four-sided polygon.
- n. A courtyard which is quadrangular.
- n. The buildings forming the border of such a courtyard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plane figure having four angles, and consequently four sides; any figure having four angles.
- n. A square or quadrangular space or inclosure, such a space or court surrounded by buildings, esp. such a court in a college or public school in England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plane figure having four angles; a foursquare figure; a quadrilateral; in mod. geom., a plane figure formed by six lines intersecting at four points.
- n. A square or oblong court nearly or quite surrounded by buildings: an arrangement common with public buildings, as palaces, city halls, colleges, etc.
- n. In palmistry, the space between the line of the heart and that of the head.
- n. A square block of buildings.
- n. Any square block, as of stone.
- n. A region measuring 15′ lat. by 15′ long. (or 30′ lat. by 30′ long., or 1° lat, by 1° long., according to the density of tho population) as shown on an atlas sheet of the United States Geological Survey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a four-sided polygon
- n. a rectangular area surrounded on all sides by buildings
For example, if it be a false affirmation to say a quadrangle is round, the word round quadrangle signifies nothing, but is a mere sound.
I remember we had three kids that streaked across the, what we call the quadrangle, the open area in the middle of the campus.
A walk around the quadrangle is not uninteresting.
The quadrangle is more than 100 feet square, and the walls are more than 100 feet high.
The facades on the buildings that conform the quadrangle are adorned with elaborate representations of Mayan huts, rectangles and Chac masks, with superimposed ornaments such as carved loops, lattices, small columns, human shapes, birds and monkeys.
The fourth side of the quadrangle was the public road.
On the fourth side of the quadrangle was a rough coach-house, and rougher stables.
Then at the back of the quadrangle was the store, perhaps of all the buildings the most important.
The quadrangle is a sort of sky-roofed hall, to which there is convenient access from all parts of the house.
A figure that is bounded by four straight lines is termed a quadrangle, quadrilateral or tetragon.