straight-line

play
adjective \ ˈstrāt-ˈlīn \

Definition of straight-line

1 :being a mechanical linkage or equivalent device designed to produce or copy motion in a straight line
2 :having the principal parts arranged in a straight line
3 :marked by a uniform spread and especially in equal segments over a given term
  • straight-line amortization
  • straight-line depreciation
4 :occurring, measured, or made in or along a straight line
  • straight-line motion
  • straight-line extrapolation

First Known Use of straight-line

1843


Law Dictionary

straight-line

adjective

legal Definition of straight-line

:marked by equal payments over a given term
  • using the straight-line method of depreciation

Learn More about straight-line


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up straight-line? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to curse or denounce

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!