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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This slick straightedge was invented by Anirudh Sharma, Lirong Liu, and Professor Pattie Maes in the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT’s Media Lab.
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STRAIGHTEDGE Defined for English Language Learners
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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