**Squaring the circle** — Squaring the circle: the areas of this square and this circle are equal. In 1882, it was proven that this figure cannot be constructed in a finite number of steps with an idealized compass and straightedge … Wikipedia

**squaring the circle** — quadrature of the circle * * * squaring the circle 1. Finding a square of the same area as a circle, which for hundreds of years was attempted by Euclidean means (ie with straight edge and compass) until in 1882 it was proved impossible (also… … Useful english dictionary

**squaring the circle.** — See quadrature of the circle … Useful english dictionary

**squaring the circle** — noun a) The historical problem of how to construct, using compass and ruler, a square having the same area as a given circle. b) A hopeless or impossible … Wiktionary

**squaring the circle** — problem which has no solution, redundant problem (like making a circle into a square) … English contemporary dictionary

**Squaring the square** — is the problem of tiling an integral square using only other integral squares. (An integral square is a square whose sides have integer length.) The name was coined in a humorous analogy with squaring the circle. Squaring the square is an easy… … Wikipedia

**square the circle** — When someone is squaring the circle, they are trying to do something impossible … The small dictionary of idiomes

**quadrature of the circle** — a problem in mathematics that consists of finding the side of a square exactly equal in area to a given circular area and that has been shown to be impossible of solution by geometric methods limited to the use of ruler and compass alone * * *… … Useful english dictionary

**quadrature of the circle** — Math. the insoluble problem of constructing, by the methods of Euclidean geometry, a square equal in area to a given circle. Also called squaring the circle. [1590 1600] * * * … Universalium

**quadrature of the circle** — noun The problem, proposed by ancient Greek geometers, of using a finite ruler and compass construction to make a square with the same area as a given circle. Syn: squaring the circle … Wiktionary