Definition of rectilinear in English:

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rectilinear

Pronunciation: /ˌrɛktɪˈlɪnɪə/
(also rectilineal /ˌrɛktɪˈlɪnɪəl/)

adjective

1Contained by, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines: a rectilinear waveform
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  • The former is seen in the rectilinear and symmetrical designs, including some carvings and moldings that are formed with characteristic Regency strapwork, grotesques, and classical motifs from antiquity.
  • A number of paintings from 1963 utilize single ellipses against rectilinear backgrounds of contrasting hues.
  • Straight lines meet curved; rectilinear bases rise to occasional arches and on up to golden domes.
1.1 Photography Relating to a straight line or lines: rectilinear distortion
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  • However, most people who are accustomed to looking at photographs have gotten over the naive demand that everything in photographs be rendered rectilinear.
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.
Example sentences
  • The lenses were reported as the largest ever ground for photographic work-the telescopic rectilinear lens being 11 feet equivalent focus.
  • A software algorithm corrects the side view for magnification distortion and converts the image to rectilinear coordinates.

Derivatives

rectilinearity

Pronunciation: /ˌrɛktɪlɪnɪˈarɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • Then, in the mid-1980s, a group of architects emerged whose work boldly departed from rectilinearity, creating a style variously labeled as expressionist, neomodernist, organic, or deconstructivist.
  • In any case, boldness of design and rectilinearity are characteristics of the quilts; and for some quilters, corduroy called forth their best efforts.
  • Certainly his woodworking echoed a number of its tenets on construction, such as simplicity, honesty, rectilinearity, and functionality.

rectilinearly

adverb
Example sentences
  • They agreed, however, that whatever it is, light is propagated rectilinearly with two transverse components of variable intensity.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from late Latin rectilineus (from Latin rectus 'straight' + linea 'line') + -ar1.

Words that rhyme with rectilinear

Abyssinia, Bithynia, curvilinear, Gdynia, gloxinia, interlinear, Lavinia, linear, Sardinia, triclinia, Virginia, zinnia

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Line breaks: rec¦ti|lin¦ear

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