straightedge

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noun straight·edge \ˈstrāt-ˌej\

Definition of straightedge

  1. :  a bar or piece of material (as of wood, metal, or plastic) with a straight edge for testing straight lines and surfaces or for cutting along or drawing straight lines

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1795

First Known Use of straightedge

1795


STRAIGHTEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

straightedge

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Definition of straightedge for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of wood, metal, plastic, etc., with a straight edge that you use to make sure something (such as a line or surface) is straight or to make straight lines or cuts

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