# How Are Rectangles Used In Everyday Life?

Rectangles can be seen all over the place in everyday life.

From the letterbox that your mail comes through to the kitchen table you eat your breakfast on - the rectangle is a pretty common (and important) shape.

Uses of rectangles
As defined by Euclidean geometry, a rectangle is a 4-sided shape with 4 right angles.

At a glance, rectangles are pretty much everywhere in our lives.

However, in real-life, even a piece of paper has three dimensions, and is therefore more accurately described as a rectangular prism.

Pedantry aside, you can find a million and one different uses for rectangles in everyday life.

For example:

• Computer screen.
• Boxes.
• Paper.
• TV Screen - The dimensions of images are more accurately displayed in a rectangular shape.
• Books- A rectangular shaped book is easier to hold and flick through.
• Dollar bills
• Toast - wouldn't fit into a toaster unless it was a rectangle (although this begs the question 'what came first, the toast or the toaster?').
• A football field.
What other rectangular shapes can you think of?
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Paper, signs, doors.
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Some signs that you see on the road are rectangles

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Some signs on the road that you see are rectangles

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