straightedge

noun
straight·edge | \ˈstrāt-ˌej \

Definition of straightedge 

: 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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Explaining Legion to a non-viewer is like trying to explain an ayahuasca trip to your straightedge friend. Nojan Aminosharei, Marie Claire, "Aubrey Plaza Was Never April Ludgate," 13 June 2018 For a more finished look, use the straightedge of a metal bench scraper to smooth sides and top. Decorate cake with fresh flowers, if desired. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Lemon and Raspberry Wedding Cake with Vanilla Buttercream," 21 May 2018 The shell of Ensis directus really does look like an old-fashioned straightedge razor, narrow and thin, or a jackknife, per its other common name, Atlantic jackknife clam. David Berger, The Seattle Times, "Love at low tide: We’re still digging those delicious razor clams," 25 Aug. 2017 Pro tip: use the side of your favorite palette as a straightedge for your cheekbones. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "How to Contour Your Face Like Kylie Jenner Even If You've Never Contoured in Your Life," 20 Dec. 2016 This slick straightedge was invented by Anirudh Sharma, Lirong Liu, and Professor Pattie Maes in the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT’s Media Lab. Joseph Flaherty, WIRED, "Watch: This Translucent Ruler Animates Math Homework," 12 Aug. 2013

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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straightedge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of straightedge

: 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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