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Quadrature

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Quadra'ture. n.s. [quadrature, Fr. quadratura, Latin.]

  1. The act of squaring.

    The speculations of algebra, the doctrine of infinites, and the quadrature of curves should not intrench upon our studies of morality. Watt's Improvement of the Mind.

  2. The first and last quarter of the moon.

    It is full moon, when the earth being between the sun and moon, we see all the enlightened part of the moon; new moon, when the moon being between us and the sun, its enlightened part is turned from us; and half moon, when the moon being in the quadratures, we see but half the enlightened part. Locke.

  3. The state of being square; a quadrate; a square.

    All things parted by th' empyreal bounds,
    His quadrature from thy orbicular world.
    Milton.

Sources: Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Quadrature." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 5, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3935.


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