Rectilinear meaning

rĕk'tə-lĭn'ē-ər
Moving in a straight line.
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Moving in, consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a straight line or lines.

Following a rectilinear path; rectilinear patterns in wallpaper.

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Forming a straight line.
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Bounded or formed by straight lines.
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Characterized by straight lines.
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Corrected so as not to distort straight lines.
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Relating to, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines.
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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.

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(geometry, art) Formed from straight lines.
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Origin of rectilinear

  • From Late Latin rēctilīneus Latin rēctus right reg- in Indo-European roots Latin līnea line line1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From post-Classical Latin; either from rectilÄ«neāris or from rectilÄ«neus (whence rectiline) + -ar, in both cases ultimately deriving from rectus (“straight") + lÄ«nea (“line").
    From Wiktionary