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# Why can a square be called a rectangle but a rectangle cannot be called a square?

A rectangle is classed as any quadrilateral with four right angles, whereas a square is classed as a rectangle with all sides the same length.

This being the case, all squares can be called rectangles, not all rectangles can be called squares, as some have sides of different lengths.

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## Related Questions

A rectangle and a square are different shapes. A rectangle cannot be a square.

A rectangle is a shape with 4 sides and for right angles. A rectangle can be called a square. A square, on the other hand, has 4 EQUAL sides and 4 right angles. Therefore, a square cannot be called a rectangle since the rectangle has UNEQUAL sides.

no, but a square can be called a rectangle.

Yes. Although a rectangle cannot be a square.

A rectangle can be called a square but a square can not be called a rectangle

Half a square is called a rectangle or a triangle.

The rectangle which is equilateral is called as square.

No, a rectangle cannot be a square. but a square is a rectangle. The definition of a square is 4 parallel sides in which all sides are equal in length. The definition of a rectangle is 4 parallel sides. Also: A rectangle and square are both parallelograms.

A rectangle can be a square but a square cannot be a rectangle. No, for a shape to be a rectangle, it must have 2 pairs of parallel sides and 4 right angles. The square shares both of these qualities, but it also must have 4 congruent (same) sides, which means they must all be the same length. Therefore, a rectangle cannot be a square.

it cant all sides have to be equilateral edit- a rectangle cannot be a square. however, a square can be a rectangle. reedit - A rectangle can be a square, however, a square must be a rectangle. A rectangle has four 90 degree angles, which a square also has. The rectangle has two pairs of equal length sides, which a square also has. The only additional requirement for a square is that the length of all four sides be equal, which is not ruled out for a rectangle.

A rhombus can be a rectangle if it is a square.

Rectangles do not have congruent lines. A square can always be called a rectangle. But a rectangle can't always be a square.

Sure. It's called a "square"; you can consider the square a special case of a rectangle.

It is called a square or a rectangle, however a rectangle is just a streched square.

A square is a regular rectangle which is why a rectangle isn't a square.

They both have parallel lines and they have only 2 sides that match up. Also a square is a rhombus and a rectangle, so a rhombus can be a rectangle, but a rhombus cannot be a square and either can a rectangle.

A square is always a rectangle. A rectangle can sometimes be a square

YesUsing the mathematical definitions, a rectangle can sometimes be a rhombus if it is a square. A square is both a rectangle and a rhombus.However, in everyday parlance, some people may consider that a square is not a rectangle or a rhombus.

A square is a rectangle even through a rectangle is not always a square.

No. A square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square.

I am squarea squarea rectangle with all sides the same lengthAlso called a square

A square cannot measure 90 by 40; this would be a rectangle. Anyway, the area of this rectangle is 90 x 40 = 3,600 square units.

What?!No. And a square cannot become a rectangle either.

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