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I have drawn a rectangle with a fixed position:

\draw[thick] (3,1) rectangle (5,3);  

I would like to make it a node with a name (for instance rec), so that other elements later could be positioned with regards to it, for instance:

\node (elli) [ellipse, below=1cm of rec] {...};

Does anyone know how to make the rectangle above a node?

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You can specify the minimum height and minimum width for a node. In conjunction with draw, you'll end up with a rectangle with the specified dimensions:

\node (rect) at (4,2) [draw,thick,minimum width=2cm,minimum height=2cm] {};
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Here, iiuc (rect) is the label, so what indicates the shape ? Is rectangle simply the default for draw ? – Nikana Reklawyks Mar 16 '15 at 6:40
@Nikana: yes, exactly, rectangle is the default shape. – Jake Mar 16 '15 at 7:10
Actually explicitly setting [rectangle] is also possible, to restore the default if it was overriden. – Joost May 27 '15 at 18:12

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