Definition of Straight line

1. Noun. A line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature. "The shortest distance between two points is a straight line"

Generic synonyms: Line
Specialized synonyms: Perpendicular, Asymptote, Tangent, Secant, Radius, Diameter, Chord, Element, Bias, Diagonal, Diagonal, Vector
Antonyms: Curve

Definition of Straight line

1. Noun. (geometry) A line with no curvature; a line with constant direction. The path of shortest length between two points.(jump straight line s) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Straight Line

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straight line (current term)
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Literary usage of Straight line

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1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"That is, since OM and OR are both constant, if while С mo-es in a circle P moves so that О, С, Р are always in the same straight line, and so that О С • OP ..."

2. The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series by Ernest William Hobson (1907)
"THE straight line AS A CONTINUUM. 43. Although it is no part of the plan of the present work to enter fully into the general theory of Magnitude, ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Of course, the comparison line used varies considerably from the straight line extremal in direction, though not in position. Weierstrass, in 1879, gave a ..."

4. Elements of Mechanism by Peter Schwamb, Allyne Litchfield Merrill, Walter Herman James (1921)
"A Straight-line Mechanism is a linkage designed to guide a reciprocating piece either exactly or approximately in a straight line, in order to avoid the ..."

5. Mirrors, Prisms and Lenses: A Text-book of Geometrical Optics by James Powell Cocke Southall (1918)
"Considered as generated by the motion of a point along a straight line from a ... If A, B, C are three points ranged along a straight line in any order, ..."

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