word square
noun Date: circa 1879 a series of words of equal length arranged in a square pattern to read the same horizontally and vertically

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  • Word square — Word Word, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord, G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa[ u]rd, OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or perhaps to Gr. rh twr an orator. Cf. {Verb}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • word square — word′ square n. a set of words that when arranged one beneath another in the form of a square read alike horizontally and vertically: The words sated, atone, toast, ensue, deter form a word square[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • word square — n. a square made of letters so arranged that they spell the same words in the same order horizontally and vertically …   English World dictionary

  • Word square — A word square is a special case of acrostic. It consists of a set of words, all having the same number of letters as the total number of words (the order of the square); when the words are written out in a square grid horizontally, the same set… …   Wikipedia

  • word square — noun a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across • Syn: ↑acrostic • Hypernyms: ↑puzzle, ↑puzzler, ↑mystifier, ↑teaser * * * noun 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • word square — a set of words such that when arranged one beneath another in the form of a square they read alike horizontally and vertically. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • word-square — /ˈwɜd skwɛə/ (say werd skwair) noun a set of words such that when arranged one beneath another in the form of a square they read alike horizontally and vertically …   Australian English dictionary

  • word square — noun a puzzle requiring the discovery of a set of words of equal length written one under another to read the same down as across, e.g. too old ode …   English new terms dictionary

  • Word — Word, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord, G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa[ u]rd, OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or perhaps to Gr. rh twr an orator. Cf. {Verb}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spoken… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Word blindness — Word Word, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord, G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa[ u]rd, OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or perhaps to Gr. rh twr an orator. Cf. {Verb}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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