Or is a right line in Nature prior to circumference; or is circumference but an accident of rectilinear?
By linear, or perhaps, more correctly, rectilinear incision.
The English letters are much more sober and rectilinear in character.
Patagium incomplete, enveloping only the basal half of the arms, with four to five rectilinear parallel chamber-rows.
Suffice it to say that the rectilinear propagation is brought about through the interference of light waves.
And a rectilinear process has no right to get into a circle!
The endless scroll leads to rectilinear progression; the perpetually varied begets uniformity.
That when moved, its motion is rotatory and not rectilinear, it owes to its own nature.
De Rossi has prepared a map of the principal part of it, divided into fifteen rectilinear and generally rectangular areas.
About the same time Oughtred described a modified form of the rectilinear slide rule, to be used in London for gauging.