• WordNet 3.6
    • adj quadrilateral having four sides
    • n quadrilateral a four-sided polygon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quadrilateral (Geom) A plane figure having four sides, and consequently four angles; a quadrangular figure; any figure formed by four lines.
    • Quadrilateral An area defended by four fortresses supporting each other; as, the Venetian quadrilateral, comprising Mantua, Peschiera, Verona, and Legnano.
    • a Quadrilateral Having four sides, and consequently four angles; quadrangular.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quadrilateral Having four sides; composed of four lines.
    • n quadrilateral A figure formed of four Straight lines. In the old geometry the lines are supposed to terminate at four intersections; in modern geometry the lines are regarded as infinite, and a plane quadrilateral as having six angles. Such a figure has three diagonals or axes, being straight lines through opposite vertices, and three centers, which are the intersections of the axes.
    • n quadrilateral Milit., the space inclosed between, and defended by, four fortresses: as, the Bulgarian quadrilateral. The most famous quadrilateral was that in northern Italy, inclosed by the fortresses of Peschiera, Mantua, Verona, and Legnago.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Quadrilateral kwod-ri-lat′ėr-al having four sides
    • n Quadrilateral (geom.) a plane figure having four sides: the four fortresses—Mantua, Verona, Peschiera, and Legnago—which form the points of a quadrilateral
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. quadrilaterus,: cf. F. quadrilatère, quadrilatéral,. See Quadri- and Lateral


In literature:

A figure that is bounded by four straight lines is termed a quadrangle, quadrilateral or tetragon.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
Triangles and quadrilaterals 709 291.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
These latter are nothing more or less than clumsy lugs or quadrilaterals.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
For, in spite of Solferino, it was probable that the tide of victory would be hurled back from the Quadrilateral.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
No more fitting site could be found for the chateau than the quadrilateral formed by these two streams.
"In Château Land" by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
This left in the hands of the Austrians still an important part of northern Italy known as the Quadrilateral.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Thus the quadrilateral space MDCA contains the Rolandic area.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The Quadrilateral was passed; then came Franchard.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
British and Belgian troops held Antwerp and the fortresses of the Belgian Quadrilateral in force.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
The scuta are almost quadrilateral.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin

In science:

Thus, S and T differ in Z within the quadrilateral defined by the largest and smallest barred and unbarred vertices of Z ; in S the larger ones are connected, while in T the two smaller ones are conected.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
It is the space of pairs of quadrilaterals abcd and ABCD , where the second is inscribed into the first, considered up to pro jective transformations.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
Moreover for any pair of adjacent triangles AiAj Ak and Aj AkAl forming a quadrilateral AiAj AkAl inscribed into the quadrilateral aiaj ak al one can also compute a pair of cross-ratios and assign it to two points on the diagonal Aj Ak .
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
We assign to every triple of flags at the vertices of a Farey triangle their triple ratio, and to every quadruple of flags at the vertices of a Farey quadrilateral the related two cross-ratios, pictured at the diagonal.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
Figure 2: Notation for a triangle (a) and for a quadrilateral (b).
On simple ideal hyperbolic Coxeter polytopes