# Square vs. Cube: What's the Difference?

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Updated on October 3, 2023

**A square is a two-dimensional shape with four equal sides and four right angles, while a cube is a three-dimensional object with six equal square faces.**

## Comparison Chart

### Imension

Two-dimensional

Three-dimensional

### Definition

A shape with four equal sides and right angles

A solid object with six equal square faces

### Calculation

Area is found by squaring the side length

Volume is found by cubing the side length

### Algebraic Use

Represents a number multiplied by itself

Represents a number multiplied by itself twice

### Application

Used in plane geometry, art, and floor designs

Used in solid geometry and volume measurement

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## Square and Cube Definitions

#### Square

A polygon with four equal sides and four right angles.

The floor tile is a perfect square.

#### Cube

A three-dimensional shape with six equal square faces.

The box is shaped like a cube.

#### Square

The product of a number multiplied by itself.

Nine is the square of three.

#### Cube

A small, typically edible item in the shape of a cube.

She added a sugar cube to her coffee.

#### Square

A term used to describe someone considered old-fashioned or boring.

His views are so square.

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#### Cube

A block used in mathematical models or building sets.

The child stacked the colorful cubes.

#### Square

A polygon having four equal sides and four equal angles.

#### Cube

To cut food into small, square pieces.

He decided to cube the meat.

#### Square

Something having an equal-sided rectangular form

A square of cloth.

#### Cube

(Mathematics) A regular solid having six congruent square faces.

#### Square

A T-shaped or L-shaped instrument for drawing or testing right angles.

#### Cube

Something having the general shape of a cube

A cube of sugar.

#### Square

(Mathematics) The product obtained when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself

49 is the square of 7.

#### Cube

A cubicle, used for work or study.

#### Square

(Games) Any of the quadrilateral spaces on a board, as in chess.

#### Cube

(Mathematics) The third power of a number or quantity.

#### Square

Abbr. Sq. An open, usually four-sided area at the intersection of two or more streets, often planted with grass and trees for use as a park.

#### Cube

Cubes(Slang) Cubic inches. Used especially of an internal combustion engine.

#### Square

A rectangular space enclosed by streets and occupied by buildings; a block.

#### Cube

(Mathematics) To raise (a quantity or number) to the third power.

#### Square

The flower bud of a cotton plant, with three bracts surrounding the unopened flower in a pyramidal structure.

#### Cube

To determine the cubic contents of.

#### Square

(Slang) A person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends.

#### Cube

To form or cut into cubes

The cook cubed some potatoes.

#### Square

Having four equal sides and four right angles.

#### Cube

To tenderize (meat) by breaking the fibers with superficial cuts in a pattern of squares.

#### Square

Forming a right angle.

#### Cube

(geometry) A regular polyhedron having six identical square faces.

#### Square

In alignment or flush

Put the paper square with the edge of the desk.

#### Cube

Any object more or less in the form of a cube.

A sugar cube

A stock cube

#### Square

Abbr. sq. Expressed in units measuring area

Square feet.

#### Cube

(mathematics) The third power of a number, value, term or expression.

The cube of 2 is 8

#### Square

Having a specified length in each of two equal dimensions

A room that is 12 feet square.

#### Cube

(computing) A data structure consisting of a three-dimensional array; a data cube

#### Square

Having a base that is a square

A square pyramid.

#### Cube

A Rubik's cube style puzzle, not necessarily in the shape of a cube

#### Square

(Nautical) Set at right angles to the mast and keel. Used of the yards of a square-rigged ship.

#### Cube

A cubicle, especially one of those found in offices.

My co-worker annoys me by throwing things over the walls of my cube.

#### Square

Approximately rectangular and equilateral in cross section

A square house.

#### Cube

To raise to the third power; to determine the result of multiplying by itself twice.

Three cubed can be written as 3

^{3}, and equals twenty-seven.#### Square

Characterized by blocklike solidity or sturdiness.

#### Cube

(transitive) To form into the shape of a cube.

#### Square

Honest; direct

A square answer.

#### Cube

(transitive) To cut into cubes.

Cube the ham right after adding the curry to the rice.

#### Square

Just; equitable

A square deal.

#### Cube

(intransitive) To use a Rubik's cube.

He likes to cube now and then.

#### Square

Having all accounts settled; even

I paid what I owed you, so we're square.

#### Cube

A regular solid body, with six equal square sides.

#### Square

(Sports) Even; tied.

#### Cube

The product obtained by taking a number or quantity three times as a factor; as, 4x4=16, and 16x4=64, the cube of 4.

#### Square

(Slang) Rigidly conventional; dull.

#### Cube

To raise to the third power; to obtain the cube of.

#### Square

To cut to a square or rectangular shape. Often used with off.

#### Cube

A three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides

#### Square

To test or adjust for conformity to a desired plane, straight line, or right angle.

#### Cube

A hexahedron with six equal squares as faces

#### Square

To mark into squares. Often used with off.

#### Cube

The product of three equal terms

#### Square

To bring into conformity or agreement

She could not square the request with her principles.

#### Cube

Any of several tropical American woody plants of the genus Lonchocarpus whose roots are used locally as a fish poison and commercially as a source of rotenone

#### Square

To bring (oneself) into a better position or relation

He tried to square himself with his parents.

#### Cube

A block in the (approximate) shape of a cube

#### Square

To set straight or at approximate right angles

Square one's cap.

#### Cube

Raise to the third power

#### Square

To bring into balance; settle

Square a debt.

#### Cube

Cut into cubes;

Cube the cheese

#### Square

(Sports) To even the score of

To square a game.

#### Cube

The result of a number multiplied by itself twice.

Eight is the cube of two.

#### Square

To raise (a number or quantity) to the second power.

#### Square

To find a square equal in area to (the area of a given figure).

#### Square

(Informal) To bribe or fix

A party in litigation that tried to square the judge.

#### Square

(Mathematics) To be at right angles.

#### Square

To agree or conform

A story that doesn't square with the facts.

#### Square

(Mathematics) At right angles.

#### Square

In a square shape.

#### Square

In a solid manner; firmly.

#### Square

Directly; straight

Ran square into each other.

#### Square

In an honest, straightforward manner.

#### Square

(geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four right angles; an equilateral rectangle; a regular quadrilateral.

#### Square

Something characterized by a square, or nearly square, form.

#### Square

A cell in a grid.

You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.

#### Square

A square piece, part, or surface.

A square of glass

#### Square

The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.

#### Square

(North America) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.

#### Square

(printing) A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.

Column inch

#### Square

An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.

#### Square

A true measure, standard, or pattern.

#### Square

An open space or park, often in the center of a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.

#### Square

A street surrounding a public square or plaza.

#### Square

(mathematics) The product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself; the second power of a number, value, term or expression.

64 is the square of 8.

#### Square

(military formation) A body of troops drawn up in a square formation.

#### Square

A socially conventional or conservative person; a person who has little or no interest in the latest fads or trends: still sometimes used in modern terminology.

Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!

#### Square

(British) The symbol # on a telephone; hash.

Enter your account number followed by a square.

#### Square

(cricket) The central area of a cricket field, with one or more pitches of which only one is used at a time.

An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket square, measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.

#### Square

(real estate) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, i.e. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.

#### Square

(roofing) A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m²) of roof area. The materials for roofing jobs are often billed by the square in the United States.

#### Square

(academia) A mortarboard.

#### Square

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Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.

#### Square

(archaic) Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.

#### Square

The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.

#### Square

(astrology) The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.

#### Square

(dated) The act of squaring, or quarrelling; a quarrel.

#### Square

(slang) Cigarette.

#### Square

(brewing) A vat used for fermentation.

#### Square

A well-defined core of a human body, a flat section from the fundament to the thoracic diaphragm.

#### Square

Shaped like a square the polygon.

#### Square

Forming a right angle (90°).

A square corner

#### Square

(of box-shaped objects such as buildings or metal frames) Forming right angles in all planes as intended; not rack or leaning.

The foundation has to be level and the framing has to be square.

#### Square

(nautical) Forming right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.

#### Square

Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.

Square metre

Square mile

#### Square

Honest; straightforward; fair.

I'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.

Square dealing

#### Square

Satisfied; comfortable with; not experiencing any conflict.

#### Square

Even; tied

To make or leave the accounts square

The sides were square at the end of the half.

#### Square

Socially conventional; boring.

#### Square

(cricket) In line with the batsman's popping crease.

#### Square

Solid, decent, substantial.

It may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.

#### Square

Having a shape broad for the height, with angular rather than curving outlines.

A man of a square frame

#### Square

Directly.

#### Square

(transitive) To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else; in particular:

The casting was mounted on a milling machine so that its sides could be squared.

#### Square

(nautical) To place at a right angle to the mast or keel.

To square the yards

#### Square

(rowing) To rotate the oars so that they are perpendicular to the water.

#### Square

(ambitransitive) To resolve or reconcile; to suit or fit.

John can square this question up for us.

These results just don't square with what we expected.

#### Square

(transitive) To adjust or adapt so as to bring into harmony with something.

I cannot square the results of the experiment with my hypothesis.

To square our actions by the opinions of others

#### Square

Of a value, term, or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.

#### Square

To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as.

Square the circle

#### Square

To tile (completely fill) with squares.

#### Square

(soccer) To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch

#### Square

(archaic) To take opposing sides; to quarrel.

#### Square

To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to suit; to fit.

#### Square

(obsolete) To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel.

#### Square

To take a boxing attitude; often with up or off.

#### Square

To form with four sides and four right angles.

#### Square

To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces.

To square mason's work

#### Square

To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.

#### Square

(astrology) To hold a quartile position respecting.

#### Square

The corner, or angle, of a figure.

#### Square

Hence, anything which is square, or nearly so

He bolted his food down his capacious throat in squares of three inches.

#### Square

A pane of glass.

#### Square

An area of four sides, generally with houses on each side; sometimes, a solid block of houses; also, an open place or area for public use, as at the meeting or intersection of two or more streets.

The statue of Alexander VII. stands in the large square of the town.

#### Square

An instrument having at least one right angle and two or more straight edges, used to lay out or test square work. It is of several forms, as the T square, the carpenter's square, the try-square., etc.

#### Square

Hence, a pattern or rule.

#### Square

The product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself; thus, 64 is the square of 8, for 8

#### Square

Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.

They of Galatia [were] much more out of square.

I have not kept my square.

#### Square

A body of troops formed in a square, esp. one formed to resist a charge of cavalry; a squadron.

#### Square

Fig.: The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.

We live not on the square with such as these.

#### Square

The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.

#### Square

The act of squaring, or quarreling; a quarrel.

#### Square

The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.

#### Square

Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure.

#### Square

Forming a right angle; as, a square corner.

#### Square

Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a square frame.

#### Square

Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just.

She's a most triumphant lady, if report be square to her.

#### Square

Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest; as, square dealing.

#### Square

Even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the accounts square.

#### Square

Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous.

By Heaven, square eaters.More meat, I say.

#### Square

At right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; - said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.

#### Square

To form with four equal sides and four right angles.

#### Square

To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces; as, to square masons' work.

#### Square

To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.

#### Square

To adjust; to regulate; to mold; to shape; to fit; as, to square our actions by the opinions of others.

Square my trialTo my proportioned strength.

#### Square

To make even, so as to leave no remainder or difference; to balance; as, to square accounts.

#### Square

To multiply by itself; as, to square a number or a quantity.

#### Square

To hold a quartile position respecting.

The icy Goat and Crab that square the Scales.

#### Square

To place at right angles with the keel; as, to square the yards.

#### Square

To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to conform or agree; to suit; to fit.

No works shall find acceptance . . .That square not truly with the Scripture plan.

#### Square

To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel.

Are you such foolsTo square for this?

#### Square

To take a boxing attitude; - often with up, sometimes with off.

#### Square

(geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon;

You can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides

#### Square

The product of two equal terms;

Nine is the second power of three

Gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance

#### Square

An open area at the meeting of two or more streets

#### Square

Something approximating the shape of a square

#### Square

Someone who doesn't understand what is going on

#### Square

A formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views

#### Square

Any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles;

A checkerboard has 64 squares

#### Square

A hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles;

The carpenter who built this room must have lost his square

#### Square

Raise to the second power

#### Square

Make square;

Square the circle

Square the wood with a file

#### Square

Cause to match, as of ideas or acts

#### Square

Position so as to be square;

He squared his shoulders

#### Square

Be compatible with;

One idea squares with another

#### Square

Pay someone and settle a debt;

I squared with him

#### Square

Turn the paddle; in canoeing

#### Square

Turn the oar, while rowing

#### Square

Having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle;

A square peg in a round hole

A square corner

#### Square

Leaving no balance;

My account with you is now all square

#### Square

Characterized by honesty and fairness;

A square deal

Wanted to do the square thing

#### Square

Without evasion or compromise;

A square contradiction

He is not being as straightforward as it appears

#### Square

Rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

#### Square

In a straight direct way;

Looked him squarely in the eye

Ran square into me

#### Square

With honesty and fairness;

Dealt squarely with his customers

Always treated me square

#### Square

In a square shape;

A squarely cut piece of paper

Folded the sheet of paper square

#### Square

Firmly and solidly;

Hit the ball squarely

The bat met the ball squarely

Planted his great bulk square before his enemy

#### Square

A public open space in a town.

We met in the town square.

#### Square

A tool used for ensuring accuracy in carpentry and building.

He used a square to check the corner's angle.

## FAQs

#### Can a square represent two-dimensional space?

Yes, squares are used to represent two-dimensional space.

#### Is square only a mathematical term?

No, square has several meanings, including a public open space and an adjective describing a person.

#### Are all cubes squares?

No, cubes are three-dimensional, and squares are two-dimensional.

#### How do you calculate the area of a square?

By squaring the length of one of its sides.

#### Can cube refer to food?

Yes, "cube" can refer to cutting food into small, square pieces.

#### Are squares and cubes only used in geometry?

No, they have applications in various fields including algebra, art, architecture, and everyday language.

#### Can a cube have sides of different lengths?

No, a cube has all sides of equal length.

#### Can a cube represent volume?

Yes, cubes represent volume in three-dimensional space.

#### Are all squares rectangles?

Yes, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.

#### Do squares have diagonals of equal length?

Yes, the diagonals of a square are equal in length.

#### How do you calculate the volume of a cube?

By cubing the length of one of its sides.

#### Are the angles of a square always 90 degrees?

Yes, each angle in a square is a right angle, or 90 degrees.

#### Can cubes be used as building blocks?

Yes, cubes are often used as building blocks in various constructions.

#### Is every square side of equal length?

Yes, all four sides of a square are of equal length.

#### Can a square's area and a cube's volume be calculated with the same formula?

No, a square's area is found by squaring its side, and a cube's volume is found by cubing its side.

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