#16. rectilinear

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rectilinear

{wreck-ti-lynn-E-ur}
(11 letters | 5 syllables)
(scrabble score – 13 points)
(first known use – 1659)

(adj) characterized by a straight line or lines.
(Wolfram Alpha)

rectilinear

1
moving in or forming a straight line
2
characterized by straight lines
3
perpendicular

Late Latin rectilineus, from Latin rectus + linea line.
{Merriam Webster}

rectilinear:

  1. Contained by, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines:
    a rectilinear waveform.

1.1: Relating to a straight line or lines:
rectilinear distortion

1.2: Photography (Of a wide-angle lens) corrected as much as possible, so that straight lines in the subject appear straight in the image.

derivatives:
rectilinearity
rectilinearly
origin:
Mid 17th century: from late Latin rectilineus (from Latin rectus ‘straight’ + linea ‘line’) + -ar1.
{Oxford Dictionary}

OF PROJECTION:

Rectilinear is a type of projection for mapping a portion of the surface of a sphere to a flat image. It is also called the “gnomic”, “gnomonic.”

(Sourceforge)

OF MOTION:

Rectilinear motion is another name for straight-line motion. This type of motion describes the movement of a particle or a body.

(Real World Physics Problems)

rectilinear (adj.)

“forming a straight line,” 1650s, with -ar + rectiline (1560s), from Late Latin rectilineus, from rectus “straight” (see right (adj.1)) + linea “line” (see line (n.)). Related: Rectilineal (1640s).
(Etymonline)

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