# straight-line

[streyt-lahyn] /ˈstreɪtˈlaɪn/
1.
Machinery.
1. noting a machine or mechanism the working parts of which act or are arranged in a straight line.
2. noting a mechanism for causing one part to move along a straight line.
2.
Accounting. denoting uniform allocation, as in calculating the total depreciation over the life of a depreciable asset, dividing that into equal parts, and depreciating each segment at regular intervals.
Origin of straight-line
1835-1845
1835-45
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Examples from the Web for straight-line
Contemporary Examples
• Only once it is measured does it appear to have taken the straight-line path.

September 9, 2010
Historical Examples
• Watt combined his straight-line linkage with a pantograph, one link becoming a member of the pantograph.

Eugene S. Ferguson
• Throughout the 19th century the term "parallel motion" was used indiscriminately to refer to any straight-line linkage.

Eugene S. Ferguson
• They are the straight-line engine, the V-type, and the radial.

Lawrence Yard Smith
• He then gave a neat geometric proof, suggested by Mannheim, for his straight-line "compound compass."

Eugene S. Ferguson
• Lenses of this kind are called rectilinear, or straight-line producing.

Archibald Williams
• The day before, the Cytha had only run away, straight-line fleeing to keep ahead of them, to stay out of their reach.

Clifford Donald Simak
• Upon the coil M being energised, the kathode-ray is deflected from its straight-line course, and the drum V is left in darkness.

Marcus J. Martin
• As the path widens, the wind becomes more like the straight-line gust which follows beneath the ordinary severe thunder-showers.

Thomas Belden Butler
• Width of carapace: Maximal, straight-line measurement between the lateral margins of the carapace.

British Dictionary definitions for straight-line

## straight-line

noun (modifier)
1.
(of a machine) having components that are arranged in a row or that move in a straight line when in operation
2.
of or relating to a method of depreciation whereby equal charges are made against gross profit for each year of an asset's expected life
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