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A straight face

  • one giving no evidence of merriment or other emotion.
Webster 1913

A straight line

  • . "That which lies evenly between its extreme points." Euclid. "The shortest line between two points." Chauvenet. "A line which has the same direction through its whole length." Newcomb.
Webster 1913

Projection of a straight line of a plane

  • the straight line of the plane connecting the feet of the perpendiculars let fall from the extremities of the given line.
Webster 1913

straight and narrow

  • noun the way of proper and honest behavior
    strait and narrow.
    • he taught his children to keep strictly to the straight and narrow
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straight angle

  • noun an angle of 180 degrees
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Straight arch

  • noun an arch with mutually supporting voussoirs that has a straight horizontal extrados and intrados
    flat arch.
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  • (Arch.), a form of arch in which the intrados is straight, but with its joints drawn radially, as in a common arch.
Webster 1913

straight arrow

  • noun a frank and honest person
    square shooter; straight arrow.
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straight chain

  • noun an open chain of atoms with no side chains
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straight chair

  • noun a straight-backed chair without arms
    side chair.
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straight face

  • noun a serious facial expression giving no evidence of interest or amusement
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straight flush

  • noun a poker hand with consecutive cards in the same suit
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straight flute

  • noun a rock drill with flutes that are straight
    straight flute.
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straight hang

  • noun a hang performed on the rings or parallel bars with the body erect and the arms at the sides
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straight life insurance

  • noun insurance on the life of the insured for a fixed amount at a definite premium that is paid each year in the same amount during the entire lifetime of the insured
    whole life insurance; ordinary life insurance.
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straight line

  • noun a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature
    • the shortest distance between two points is a straight line
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straight man

  • noun a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
    second banana.
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straight off

  • adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    straightaway; forthwith; like a shot; at once; directly; right away; immediately; now; instantly.
    • he answered immediately
    • found an answer straightaway
    • an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith
    • Come here now!
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straight person

  • noun a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
    straight; heterosexual person; heterosexual.
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straight pin

  • noun pin consisting of a short straight stiff piece of wire with a pointed end; used to fasten pieces of cloth or paper together
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straight poker

  • noun poker in which each player gets 5 cards face down and bets are made without drawing any further cards
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straight razor

  • noun a razor with a straight cutting edge enclosed in a case that forms a handle when the razor is opened for use
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straight shooter

  • noun a frank and honest person
    square shooter; straight arrow.
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straight sinus

  • noun an unpaired sinus of the dura mater
    tentorial sinus; sinus rectus.
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straight thrust

  • noun (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
    lunge; passado.
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straight ticket

  • noun a ballot cast by a voter who votes for all the candidates of one party
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straight-arm

  • noun (American football) the act of warding off a tackler by holding the arm fully extended with the hand against the opponent
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straight-backed

  • adjective satellite having a straight back
    • a straight-backed wooden chair
    • a slim straight-backed dancer
  • adverb in a straight-backed manner
    erectly.
    • the old man still walks erectly
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straight-billed

  • adjective satellite having a straight beak
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straight-fluted drill

  • noun a rock drill with flutes that are straight
    straight flute.
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straight-from-the-shoulder

  • adjective satellite characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    frank; outspoken; point-blank; candid; plainspoken; blunt; free-spoken; forthright.
    • blunt talking and straight shooting
    • a blunt New England farmer
    • I gave them my candid opinion
    • forthright criticism
    • a forthright approach to the problem
    • tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank
    • it is possible to be outspoken without being rude
    • plainspoken and to the point
    • a point-blank accusation
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straight-grained

  • adjective satellite of timber; having fibers that run in parallel
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straight-joint

Straight"-joint` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Arch.) Having straight joints. Specifically: (a) Applied to a floor the boards of which are so laid that the joints form a continued line transverse to the length of the boards themselves. Brandle & C. (b) In the United States, applied to planking or flooring put together without the tongue and groove, the pieces being laid edge to edge.
Webster 1913

straight-laced

  • adjective satellite exaggeratedly proper
    puritanical; prissy; square-toed; straitlaced; strait-laced; tight-laced; victorian; prudish; prim; straightlaced; priggish.
    • my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts
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straight-legged

  • adjective satellite having straight legs
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straight-line method

  • noun (accounting) a method of calculating depreciation by taking an equal amount of the asset's cost as an expense for each year of the asset's useful life
    straight-line method.
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straight-line method of depreciation

  • noun (accounting) a method of calculating depreciation by taking an equal amount of the asset's cost as an expense for each year of the asset's useful life
    straight-line method.
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straight-lined

Straight"-lined` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having straight lines.
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straight-out

  • adjective satellite without reservation or exception
    outright; unlimited.
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Straight"-out` adjective
Definitions
  1. Acting without concealment, obliquity, or compromise; hence, unqualified; thoroughgoing. Colloq. U.S.
    Straight-out and generous indignation. Mrs. Stowe.
Webster 1913

straight-pight

Straight"-pight` adjective
Definitions
  1. Straight in form or upright in position; erect. Obs. Shak.
Webster 1913

straight-spoken

Straight"-spo`ken adjective
Definitions
  1. Speaking with directness; plain-spoken. Colloq. U.S. Lowell.
Webster 1913

Straight-way valve

  • a valve which, when opened widely, affords a straight passageway, as for water.
Webster 1913

To draw a straight furrow

  • to live correctly; not to deviate from the right line of duty. Lowell.
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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