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Meaning of LINEAL

Pronunciation:  'lineeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  arranged in a line
  2. [adj]  in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"

LINEAL is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: direct, linear, matrilineal, matrilinear, one-dimensional, patrilineal, patrilinear, unilateral, unilateralist
 Antonyms: collateral, indirect
 See Also: related



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lin"e*al\ (l[i^]n"[-e]*al), a. [L. linealis belonging to
a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin['e]al. See 3d {Line}.]
1. Descending in a direct line from an ancestor; hereditary;
   derived from ancestors; -- opposed to {collateral}; as, a
   lineal descent or a lineal descendant.

         The prime and ancient right of lineal succession.

2. Inheriting by direct descent; having the right by direct
   descent to succeed (to).

         For only you are lineal to the throne. --Dryden.

3. Composed of lines; delineated; as, lineal designs.

4. In the direction of a line; of or pertaining to a line;
   measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear; as, lineal

{Lineal measure}, the measure of length; -- usually written
   {linear measure}.

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