straight-line

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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straight-line

adjective

legal Definition of straight-line

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

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