straight-line

[streyt-lahyn]
adjective
1.
Machinery.
a.
noting a machine or mechanism the working parts of which act or are arranged in a straight line.
b.
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:
1835–45

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straight-line
 
n
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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