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Definition of "rectilinear" [rectilinear]

  • Moving in, consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a straight line or lines: following a rectilinear path; rectilinear patterns in wallpaper. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rectilinear" in a sentence
  • "The lens used for this purpose must be capable of giving a perfectly sharp picture right up to the edges, and must be of the class called rectilinear, i.e., giving straight lines."
  • "The two types of straight routes will be called rectilinear routes and stations."
  • "These straightjacket compositions are static, rectilinear, and constrained, the forms, abstract and perfect."