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rectilinear

Line breaks: rec¦ti|lin¦ear
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛktɪˈlɪnɪə
 
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(also rectilineal /-nɪəl/)

Definition of rectilinear in English:

adjective

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

Origin

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

Derivatives

rectilinearity

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈarɪti/
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

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • They agreed, however, that whatever it is, light is propagated rectilinearly with two transverse components of variable intensity.

Words that rhyme with rectilinear

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

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