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

Examples of straight-line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The powerful gusts were from straight-line winds, not those of a tornado, confirmed Alex Manion, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, who surveyed the damage in Ferndale with a team. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 18 Apr. 2024 Wednesday is forecast to be the most volatile day of the week, with strong tornadoes and damaging straight-line winds in excess of 75 mph possible. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Tornado damage often has a chaotic appearance, according to NWS, whereas straight-line winds usually uproot trees in the same direction. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2024 Nonetheless, if the U9 were to come stateside, it would likely be quickly drafted into some straight-line races with similarly potent vehicles from McClaren and others. William Roberson, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Geis shot a straight-line kick towards the center of the goal, but the shot was saved by St. Francis goalkeeper Arya Jamkhandi. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 Other reports of storm damage in Southern Indiana were believed to be from straight-line winds, according to the National Weather Service. Leo Bertucci, The Courier-Journal, 11 Feb. 2024 Officials will continue to assess damage to determine how many tornadoes, as opposed to straight-line winds, touched down in the state. USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 The simpler way to move around the pallet would be a set of straight-line walking paths with pivots in between. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of straight-line was in 1843

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“Straight-line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straight-line. Accessed 17 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


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