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rectilinear

[rek-tl-in-ee-er] /ˌrɛk tlˈɪn i ər/
adjective
1.
forming a straight line.
2.
formed by straight lines.
3.
characterized by straight lines.
4.
moving in a straight line.
Also, rectilineal.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin rēctilīne(us) (rēcti- recti- + līne(a) line1 + -us adj. suffix) + -ar1
Related forms
rectilinearly, adverb
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Examples from the web for rectilinear
  • Neither followed the rectilinear path set out for them by their parents.
  • Her capsule would preserve artifacts in two rectilinear containers, encased in a resin figure resembling a swan.
  • His studio is one of two elegant rectilinear buildings-the other is his house-in a large, walled, lushly gardened compound.
  • The terminal is a stucco-covered masonry building composed of several flat-roofed, rectilinear blocks arranged symmetrically.
  • Fixed problem with pick on transformed rectilinear grids.
  • The computations are divided into two groups depending on whether the output arrays are in list form or in rectilinear grid form.
  • The balcony and a side facing gable roof gives the home a dominant rectilinear character.
British Dictionary definitions for rectilinear

rectilinear

/ˌrɛktɪˈlɪnɪə/
adjective
1.
in, moving in, or characterized by a straight line or lines: the rectilinear propagation of light
2.
consisting of, bounded by, or formed by a straight line or lines
Derived Forms
rectilinearly, rectilineally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rectilinear
adj.

"forming a straight line," 1650s, with -ar + rectiline (1560s), from Late Latin rectilineus, from rectus "straight" (see right (adj.1)) + linea "line" (see line (n.)). Related: Rectilineal (1640s).

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rectilinear in Science
rectilinear
  (rěk'tə-lĭn'ē-ər)   
Relating to, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines.
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