Straight

Definition of Straight

a.1.A variant of Strait, a.
Egypt is a long country, but it is straight, that is to say, narrow.
- Sir J. Mandeville.
1.Right, in a mathematical sense; passing from one point to another by the nearest course; direct; not deviating or crooked; as, a straight line or course; a straight piece of timber.
And the crooked shall be made straight.
- Isa. xl. 4.
There are many several sorts of crooked lines, but there is only one which is straight.
- Dryden.
2.(Bot.) Approximately straight; not much curved; as, straight ribs are such as pass from the base of a leaf to the apex, with a small curve.
3.(Card Playing) Composed of cards which constitute a regular sequence, as the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten-spot; as, a straight hand; a straight flush.
4.Conforming to justice and rectitude; not deviating from truth or fairness; upright; as, straight dealing.
5.Unmixed; undiluted; as, to take liquor straight.
6.Making no exceptions or deviations in one's support of the organization and candidates of a political party; as, a straight Republican; a straight Democrat; also, containing the names of all the regularly nominated candidates of a party and no others; as, a straight ballot.
Straight arch
(Arch.) a form of arch in which the intrados is straight, but with its joints drawn radially, as in a common arch.
A straight face
one giving no evidence of merriment or other emotion.
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.
- Euclid.
Straight-way valve
a valve which, when opened widely, affords a straight passageway, as for water.
adv.1.In a straight manner; directly; rightly; forthwith; immediately; as, the arrow went straight to the mark.
I know thy generous temper well;
Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it,
It straight takes fire, and mounts into a blaze.
- Addison.
Everything was going on straight.
- W. Black.
n.1.(Poker) A hand of five cards in consecutive order as to value; a sequence. When they are of one suit, it is calles straight flush.
v. t.1.To straighten.

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