Definition of Magic square

1. Noun. A square matrix of n rows and columns; the first n^2 integers are arranged in the cells of the matrix in such a way that the sum of any row or column or diagonal is the same.

Generic synonyms: Square Matrix

Definition of Magic square

1. Noun. (games) A palindromic square word arrangement, usually in the form of a magic amulet. ¹

2. Noun. An ''n''-by-''n'' arrangement of ''n''2 numbers such that the numbers in each row, in each column and along both diagonals all have the same sum. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Magic Square

magic lanterns
magic markers
magic mud
magic mushroom
magic mushrooms
magic number
magic numbers
magic point
magic points
magic pudding
magic puddings
magic realism
magic realist
magic realists
magic spell
magic square (current term)
magic squares
magic sword
magic swords
magic trick
magic tricks
magic up
magic user
magic wand
magic wands
magic word
magic words
magical ability
magical girl

Literary usage of Magic square

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"Observe that in the case of a singly even magic square it will be necessary in constructing E to take care in the second step that in every row at least one ..."

2. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"By altering the positions of the numbers in the top rows, and making corresponding alterations in the others, 3600 distinct varieties of this magic square ..."

3. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1911)
"With the view of explaining Fig. i. these puzzling facts, we will endeavor to analyze the magic square and discover, if possible, its raison d'être. ..."

4. American Edition of the British Encyclopedia: Or, Dictionary of Arts and William Nicholson by William Nicholson (1821)
"MAGIC square, in arithmetic, a square figure made up of numbers in arithmetical ... magic square. It is probable that these magic squares were so called, ..."

5. An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians by Edward William Lane (1871)
"I had prepared, by the magician's direction, some frank- magic square and Mirror of Ink. incense and coriander-seed,1 and a chafing-dish with some live ..."

6. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"Magic circle, a modification of the magic square as devised by Franklin, consisting of eight concentric circles equally divided by eight radii, ..."

7. The Mathematical Questions, Proposed in the Ladies' Diary, and Their by Thomas Leybourn (1817)
"was constructed : these put together will form the magic square of 256 cells. We shall put down the process for one square with the first division, ..."

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