4. Squared; suited; correspondent. A generical description quadrate to both.
(Science: anatomy) Quadrate bone, a bone between the base of the lower jaw and the skull in most vertebrates below the mammals. In reptiles and birds it articulates the lower jaw with the skull; in mammals it is represented by the malleus or incus.
Origin: L. Quadratus squared, p. P. Of quadrare to make four-cornered, to make square, to square, to fit, suit, from quadrus square, quattuor four. See Quadrant, and cf. Quadrat, Quarry an arrow, Square.
1. (Science: geometry) A plane surface with four equal sides and four right angles; a square; hence, figuratively, anything having the outline of a square. At which command, the powers militant That stood for heaven, in mighty quadrate joined. (milton)
3. (Science: anatomy) The quadrate bone.
Origin: L. Quadratum. See Quadrate.