lin·​e·​al | \ ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce lineal (audio) \

Definition of lineal

1 : linear
2 : composed of or arranged in lines
3a : consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry — compare collateral sense 2
b : relating to or derived from ancestors : hereditary
c : descended in a direct line
4a : belonging to one lineage lineal relatives
b : of, relating to, or dealing with a lineage

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Other Words from lineal

lineality \ ˌli-​nē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce lineality (audio) \ noun
lineally \ ˈli-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce lineally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of lineal in a Sentence

He claims that he is a lineal descendent of a famous military hero.

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About 650 lineal feet of concrete multi-use trail will traverse four parcels and cross a small stream twice, according to a staff report to the council. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta OKs using eminent domain to close Alpha Loop," 12 June 2019 Dardeen would be allowed three-quarters of a square foot of signage per lineal foot of building. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Plans underway for 12 new homes, equipment sales business," 11 June 2019 Using a rather high-end estimate of $25 per lineal foot, a ballpark estimate for fencing for a one-acre small dog park and a 2-acre large dog park behind the police station would be roughly $45,000, Schaer said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your dog could be featured in the 2019 'West Allis Wags' calendar — and raise money for a future dog park," 18 May 2018 Franco’s movements, Mallee told him, should all be lineal with the pitcher. Matt Breen,, "Phillies hit two grand slams, Maikel Franco stays hot to thump Marlins," 7 Apr. 2018 After capturing two world titles and the lineal championship in the super welterweight division, Alvarez moved up to 160 pounds to capture the WBC, Lineal and Ring Magazine world titles with a Nov. 2015 victory against Miguel Cotto. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "Is AT&T Stadium an option for Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch?," 29 Jan. 2018 Gutter guards and covers typically cost $7.50 to $10 per lineal foot installed. Cynthia Wilson, kansascity, "Are gutter guards worth the cost?," 1 Oct. 2017 Alvarez beat Cotto, who has won world titles in four weight classes, on points in May 2015 to win the lineal middleweight title. Stanley Kay,, "Miguel Cotto Wants to Fight GGG–Canelo Winner in Career Finale," 15 Sep. 2017 The work also includes full-depth concrete and joint replacement as well as several catch basins and 200 lineal foot new sidewalks. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To,, "Local church opens its doors to Meals on Wheels: Olmsted Dates and Data," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of lineal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lineal

: having a direct family relationship : related by a direct series of parents and children


lin·​e·​al | \ ˈli-nē-əl How to pronounce lineal (audio) \

Legal Definition of lineal

: consisting of or being in a direct male or female line of ancestry a lineal descendant — compare collateral sense 2

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to take the place or position of

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