completing the square

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completing the square

[kəm′plēd·iŋthə ′skwer]
(mathematics)
A method of solving quadratic equations, consisting of moving all terms to the left side of the equation, dividing through by the coefficient of the square term, and adding to both sides a number sufficient to make the left side a perfect square.
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Since then, additional homes have been moved to the property to complete the square, including from other areas of St.
He criticised Kirklees for saying it would complete the square in six weeks when it took over from Wrekin after the contractor went into administration in March.
There is a large groundswell of opinion in Middlesbrough and, even farther afield, wishing to see this building used for some form of educational or cultural purpose that would complement the Dorman Museum and which would complete the square that surrounds the Cenotaph.
Instead of trying to complete the square in conventional fashion, the new architects decided to house the office and administrative element of the town hall in a great steel bridge, 65m in span and 15m wide that rests on supports in the one- and two-storey parallel concrete elements that define the square below.

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