from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere within the Milky Way near Lupus and Ara.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. An inconspicuous constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a carpenter's square. It lies south of the constellations Scorpius and Centaurus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A norm; a principle or rule; a model; a standard.
  • n. A mason's or a carpenter's square or rule.
  • n. A templet or gauge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rule, measure, or norm.
  • n. A square for measuring right angles, used by carpenters, masons, and other artificers to make their work rectangular.
  • n. A pattern; a gage; a templet; a model.
  • n. The Square, a small southern constellation, introduced by Lacaille in the middle of the eighteenth century, between Vulpes and Ara. It was at first called Norma et regula; but the name is now abridged.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Lupus and Ara in the Milky Way


Latin norma, carpenter's square; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined name of an imaginary Celtic priestess in Bellini's opera Norma (1831). Sometimes explained as Latin norma ("pattern, model"), or as a feminine form of Norman (Wiktionary)



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