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[streyt-ej] /ˈstreɪtˌɛdʒ/
a bar or strip of wood, plastic, or metal having at least one long edge of sufficiently reliable straightness for use in drawing or testing straight lines, plane surfaces, etc.
Origin of straightedge
1805-15; straight + edge


[streyt-ej] /ˈstreɪtˌɛdʒ/
advocating abstinence from alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and sex and sometimes advocating vegetarianism. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for straightedge
  • The minimum length of the straightedge depends on the sample spacing or survey interval of the profile data.
  • The moulding of expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers and straightedge.
  • Measure the distance from the level surface to a reference point on the straightedge.
  • Advance the straightedge along the pavement in successive stages of not more than one half the length of the straightedge.
  • After first floating, while surface is still soft, surfaces shall be checked for alignment using a straightedge or template.
  • Molds expansion joints and edges using edging tool, jointer and straightedge.
  • The bearing surface of a capped cylinder is checked by the use of a straightedge and a feeler gage.
  • Otherwise, straightedge devices, scaled for engineering purposes are required.
  • Locates and marks reference points for columns or plates on foundation using straightedge, square, transit and measuring tape.
  • The molding of expansion joints and edges, using edging tools, jointers and straightedge.
British Dictionary definitions for straightedge


a stiff strip of wood or metal that has one edge straight and true and is used for ruling and testing straight lines
Derived Forms
straightedged, adjective


(informal) not indulging in any kind of drug-taking or sexual activities
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Slang definitions & phrases for straightedge

straight and narrow

noun phrase

Conventionally moral and law-abiding behavior (1930+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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