rectilinear

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From post-Classical Latin; either from rectilīneāris or from rectilīneus (whence rectiline) + -ar, in both cases ultimately deriving from rectus (straight) + līnea (line).

AdjectiveEdit

rectilinear (comparative more rectilinear, superlative most rectilinear)

  1. In a straight line.
    The crankshaft and connecting rods of an engine convert the rectilinear motion of the pistons to rotary motion of the flywheel.
  2. (geometry, art) Formed from straight lines.

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External linksEdit

  • rectilinear in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • rectilinear at OneLook Dictionary Search
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 07:24