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 straightedge and utility knife to cut between the points, forming a notch in each pocket [1]. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Timeless Leather Wallet Anyone Will Love," 19 Dec. 2020 Use a straightedge to extend a line from that point to the leg's bottom. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 Once the piece is applied, use a straightedge and utility knife to trim around the obstacle and remove the excess. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Apply Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper for Long-Lasting Results," 6 Aug. 2020 Thereafter, generations of geometers performed constructions — bisecting angles, drawing perpendicular bisectors, and so on — using only a compass and a straightedge. Quanta Magazine, "When Math Gets Impossibly Hard," 14 Sep. 2020 If needed, clamp a straightedge to the workpiece to guide the saw [3]. Ted Kilcommons, Popular Mechanics, "This Modern Adirondack Chair Is a Great Woodworking Challenge," 18 July 2020 Using scissors or a straightedge and a carpet knife, cut the caning material to the size of each rectangle. Lacey Howard, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 DIY Caning Projects That Let You Try the Trendy Woven Technique at Home," 5 Aug. 2020 Cut out with a jigsaw, using a straightedge as a guide. Ted Kilcommons, Popular Mechanics, "This Modern Adirondack Chair Is a Great Woodworking Challenge," 18 July 2020 Guide the saw using a straightedge clamped or screwed in place, or use an aftermarket accessory like the Kreg Rip-Cut. Tim Layton, Popular Mechanics, "Out Best Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Circular Saw," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of straightedge

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straightedge was in 1795

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“Straightedge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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