Meaning of quadrate

quad•rate

Pronunciation: (adj., n.kwod'rit, -rātv.kwod'rāt), [key]
— adj., n., v., -rat•ed, -rat•ing.
—adj.
  1. square or rectangular.
  2. of or pertaining to the quadrate.
  3. (of a cross) having an enlarged square at the junction of the limbs: a cross quadrate.
—n.
  1. a square.
  2. something square or rectangular.
  3. one of a pair of bones in the skulls of many lower vertebrates, to which the lower jaw is articulated.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to conform or harmonize; adapt.
—v.i.
  1. to agree; conform.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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