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Examples of rectilinear in a Sentence
the rectilinear skyline of a modern city
Recent Examples of rectilinear from the Web
There are signs of Hans Hofmann’s push-pull forms and rectilinear compositions reminiscent of Myron Stout and Burgoyne Diller.
Those angled houses --along Bayou Road, for example -- were built on parcels aligned with old French long-lot plantations, which were later superimposed by a rectilinear urban grid.
F.P. had formed almost perfectly rectilinear letters—with one exception.
The wooden sculpture, glossy with apple-green paint, rests on the floor like a Brobdingnagian jigsaw puzzle, fragmented into thirteen rectilinear sections—a jazzy riff on the modernist grid.
Trump, unlike his predecessor, unlike any American who had run for the White House or held any office anywhere, admired Putin—the strong hand of the state imposing an almost rectilinear order on the chaos of the natural world.
When rating photos in a circle-themed mission, the buttons are circular, while the square mission has a rectilinear motif.
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Origin and Etymology of rectilinear
Late Latin rectilineus, from Latin rectus + linea line
First Known Use: 1651See Words from the same year
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Definition of rectilinear for English Language Learners
: made with straight lines : having many straight lines
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