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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lying in a straight line.
  • adjective Relating to a device whose linkage produces or copies motion in straight lines.
  • adjective Meteorology Relating to or being a powerful and often destructive wind that moves in a straight rather than circular path as the leading edge of a thunderstorm or as the result of a downburst.
  • adjective Accounting Of or being a mode of amortization by equal payments at stated intervals over a given period of time.

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