Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Mathematics At right angles: sawed the beam squarely.
  • adv. In a square shape.
  • adv. So as to make solid contact; firmly: struck the golf ball squarely, sending it to the green.
  • adv. Directly; straight: walked squarely toward the shoplifter and arrested him.
  • adv. In an honest, straightforward manner: spoke squarely on the topic of drug abuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. in the shape of a square; at right angles
  • adv. firmly and solidly
  • adv. in a direct, straightforward and honest manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a square form or manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a square form: as, squarely built.
  • In a square manner.
  • In zoology, rectangularly or perpendicularly to a part or margin: as, squarely truncate; squarely deflexed.

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

  • adv. in a square shape
  • adv. firmly and solidly
  • adv. directly and without evasion; not roundabout
  • adv. in a straight direct way
  • adv. with firmness and conviction; without compromise

Etymologies

square +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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