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 Use a framing square, steel rule or other straightedge to serve as a guide for the glass cutter. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019 With the compass corner touching the landmark, spin the compass until the needle is once again in the orienting arrow. Draw a line with a pencil on your map along the straightedge of your compass, intersecting your landmark. 6. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Map and Compass," 19 July 2019 Set the straightedge on the mark, and secure it with two strips of duct tape. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019 The slashes are usually vertical and also slightly curved, as is apt to happen when an artist makes this kind of gesture without the guidance of a straightedge. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold’ Review: Creativity That Cuts Against the Grain," 22 Jan. 2019 There are straightedge moms in Michigan and gay doctors in Georgia, Mormons in Utah and surfers in California, all bonded in the creative pursuit of cookie. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Use a straightedge and utility knife to cut between the points, forming a notch in each pocket. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make a Leather Wallet," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of straightedge

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Straightedge.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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