square one


  • A square building with a tower on one corner
    A square building with a tower on one corner
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n square one the situation in which you begin an endeavor and to which you return if your efforts fail "the police are now back at square one after having arrested and released 27 men","she has tried to diet but always ends up back at square one"
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Back to square one - If you are back to square one, you have to start from the beginning again.


In literature:

On a space scarcely one mile square, 5000 men were killed and wounded within three hours.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
If he could have one good streak of luck and win enough to make himself square, he would stop.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
On this rests a second platform, three feet square and one foot high.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
It was small and square, had no windows, and only one door.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
A line forms and each one passes in front of the little square piece of paper, whose portent may be so exhilarating or tragic.
"With Those Who Wait" by Frances Wilson Huard
A square acre is 208.71 feet on one side.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Whether through Alfred's passiveness or by mistake, one of Palmer's fists landed square on the nose of Alfred.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It is very often found having all the fingers different from one another, as for example one pointed, one square, or spatulate, and so on.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
By this method we show a number of squares side by side, asking the individual to select the one he saw before.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
One of the difficult things for any one to learn, in working with wood, is to plane the edge of a board straight and square at the same time.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
At first these eggs are laid only in the squares, and generally only one to the square.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
They were formerly made square when nail heads were square, but now round ones are common.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
I slunk home to Beadle Square when I imagined every one else would be in bed.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Duck Square was one of the oldest, if the least imposing, of all the public places in Bursley.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
One of the chests must have been driven against my head like a square shot.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
Red Lion Square took its name from a very well-known tavern in Holborn, one of the largest and most notable of the old inns.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
The envelope was a large, square one, with the editorial address of the "Transcontinental Magazine" in the left-hand corner.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Only one sail, and that a simple square one, was used.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
We had only gone half a square when Dr. Castleton begged us to take another street, as they were firing up that one.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
If desired, each court may be divided into small squares, one for each player, to prevent mass play.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft

In poetry:

Fuscus, my friend, take it from me--
I know the world and what it's made of--
One on the square has naught to be
Afraid of.
"Advice" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Oh, think of the fate of poor Nelson
In Trafalgar Square he’s looking solemn
He has only one eye, but he dare not look up
For the pigeons might park on his column.
"Father Come Home" by Billy Bennett
"Man facing man, the sanguine strife began,
Jack, Jim and Joe against Tom, Dick and Harry,
Each several pair its own account to square,
Till both were down or one stood solitary.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh, one gets used to everything!
I hum a merry song,
And up the street and round the square
I wheel my chair along;
For look you, how my chest is sound
And how my arms are strong!
"The Legless Man" by Robert W Service
One life has been paid him (in gold) by the sun;
One account has been squared and another begun;
But he never will die if he lingers below
Till we've paid him in love half the balance we owe!
"For Whittier’s Seventieth Birthday" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And well did British bravery deserve the proud encomium,
Which their enduring courage drew from the brave Napoleon;
And when the close column of infantry came on the British square,
Then the British gave one loud cheer which did rend the air.
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

This one will be in Downtown Roanoke, in the former Thomas' Market location near Center in the Square.
The Colony Square Mall in Zanesville hosted a holiday parade Saturday that had one very special guest.
The cozy one-story home at 35 Campden Circle has 2,531 square feet of living space and two bedrooms and two full baths to its name.
Ofrendas - colorful altars commemorating loved ones - are crafted in the Mission District's Garfield Square.
Square One Dining 's French toast.
Monday night, One Direction 's Niall Horan was onstage with his group at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden, sending thousands of girls into a frenzy.
Back to square one for Georgetown Port Dredging funding.
The head of the National Park Service says Occupy DC protesters will get one final warning before US Park Police begin to enforce the ban on camping in McPherson Square.
Winkler Logistics Center has more than one million square feet of space.
Talks between the Old Forge Board of Education and the Old Forge Education Association have gone back to square one after the association rejected the district's latest contract proposal.
TOPPED OUT Linc LIC, under construction in the distance, is one of the largest residential projects in Long Island City's Court Square neighborhood.
Shoush Square is one of the oldest of Tehran's major squares.
You can buy one square for $25 or 5 squares for $100.
For the master suite addition to a 14,000-square-foot residence in Danville, VA, the homeowners wanted a signature, one-of-a-kind look to the space.

In science:

Therefore, by Proposition 7, one either has that sℓ = t or that msℓ ,t = 2 and [W ′ ](x) has a square in αt .
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
Thus if one of the three kernels has π positive squares, then all do.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
In fact, the Hamiltonian description is more general than the one via ”square root” Lagrangian (19), as it includes massless limit (m = 0 case).
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
That is why Hv can be naturally represented as a tensor square, thus for each its element one can define its trace T r.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
If the domain was tileable, one could view a tiling as a collection of squares and cubes in Z3 .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The left square is obviously commutative, but the right one is not.
Higher arithmetic K-theory
This is coherent with – and actually required by – the physical meaning of ξ , which represents components of the spin wave function: its total square modulus |ξ |2 = Pα |ξα |2 must be constant, and equal to one by normalization.
Quaternionic integrable systems
One of the main problems of many well-known string models is the presence of tachyons or states with negative squared masses.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Let bQi be the square that contains the center ci of Ei (if ci lies on the grid, it does not matter which one of several squares containing ci to choose).
Transportation to random zeroes by the gradient flow
One may use above two distinct Galois actions σ, τ rather then just one and its square.
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation
For Hankel squares one has more precise information about the eigenvalues.
Integrable operators and the squares of Hankel operators
Each square contains at least one node. (b) If r(n) = q10 log n n , then each node can communicate to a node in the four adjacent squares. (c) All the nodes in each square are connected with each other.
Geographic Gossip: Efficient Averaging for Sensor Networks
The rest of the exceptional examples for p = 3 and p = 5, not entering the Elduque Supermagic Square (the ones described here for the f irst time) are, nevertheless, somehow af f iliated to the Elduque Supermagic Square .
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
By replacing the X (O) by one O (X ) and two X ’s (O ’s) in the diagonal of the new four squares and placing the two O ’s (X ’s) in the subdivided row and column appropriately we get a new grid diagram which is called the stabilization of the original one.
Transversely non simple knots
Then one may find estimates of squares of partial derivatives via squares of covariant derivatives of the respective orders.
The wave equation on static singular space-times