straightedge

noun
straight·​edge | \ ˈstrāt-ˌej How to pronounce straightedge (audio) \

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

Examples of straightedge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s just one issue: this problem is impossible with a straightedge and compass. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2022 The Ancient Greeks wondered about constructing lines and shapes in various ratios, using the tools of an unmarked compass and straightedge. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 28 Jan. 2022 Wait 15 minutes for the oil to be absorbed, then scrape off the powder with a straightedge like a ruler or credit card. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Apr. 2021 One of the women appeared to have been cut inadvertently with a straightedge weapon. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 One of the women appeared to have been cut inadvertently with a straightedge weapon. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 With a never-lose cap and coming in five colors from Wine Red to Polar white, or the Stanley signature Hammertone Green, this is one of those flasks that’s so cool even your straightedge friends will be jealous of. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 One of the women appeared to have been cut inadvertently with a straightedge weapon. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 One of the women appeared to have been cut inadvertently with a straightedge weapon. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of straightedge

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Straightedge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straightedge. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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