or rec·ti·lin·e·al

[ rek-tl-in-ee-er ]
/ ˌrɛk tlˈɪn i ər /
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forming a straight line.
formed by straight lines.
characterized by straight lines.
moving in a straight line.



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Origin of rectilinear

1650–60; <Late Latin rēctilīne(us) (rēcti-recti- + līne(a) line1 + -us adj. suffix) + -ar1

OTHER WORDS FROM rectilinear

rec·ti·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for rectilinear



/ (ˌrɛktɪˈlɪnɪə) /


in, moving in, or characterized by a straight line or linesthe rectilinear propagation of light
consisting of, bounded by, or formed by a straight line or lines

Derived forms of rectilinear

rectilinearly or rectilineally, adverb
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Scientific definitions for rectilinear

[ rĕk′tə-lĭnē-ər ]

Relating to, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines.
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