# rectilinear

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## rec·ti·lin·e·ar

(rĕk′tə-lĭn′ē-ər)
Moving in, consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a straight line or lines: following a rectilinear path; rectilinear patterns in wallpaper.

[From Late Latin rēctilīneus : Latin rēctus, right; see reg- in Indo-European roots + Latin līnea, line; see line1.]

## rectilinear

(ˌrɛktɪˈlɪnɪə) or

## rectilineal

1. (Mathematics) in, moving in, or characterized by a straight line or lines: the rectilinear propagation of light.
2. (Mathematics) consisting of, bounded by, or formed by a straight line or lines

## rec•ti•lin•e•ar

(ˌrɛk tlˈɪn i ər)

## also rec`ti•lin′e•al,

1. forming a straight line.
2. formed or characterized by straight lines.
3. moving in a straight line.
[1650–60; < Late Latin rēctilīne(us) (rēcti- recti- + -līneus, adj. derivative of Latin līnea line1) + -ar1]

## rec·ti·lin·e·ar

(rĕk′tə-lĭn′ē-ər)
Relating to, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines: a rectilinear path.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Adj. 1 rectilinear - characterized by a straight line or lines; "rectilinear patterns in wallpaper"; "the rectilinear propagation of light"rectilineallinear, one-dimensional - of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension; "a linear measurement"
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