adjective Etymology: Late Latin rectilineus, from Latin rectus + linea line Date: 1659 1. moving in or forming a straight line <
rectilinear motion
2. characterized by straight lines <
the rectilinear skyline of a modern city
3. perpendicular 3 • rectilinearity nounrectilinearly adverb

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