Meaning of STRAIGHT in English



Pronunciation: ' str ā t

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English streght, straight, from past participle of strecchen to stretch ― more at STRETCH

Date: 14th century

1 a : free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities < straight hair> < straight timber> b : generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation <a straight line> <the straight segment of a curve>

2 a : lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method <a straight thinker> b : CANDID , FRANK <a straight answer> c : coming directly from a trustworthy source <a straight tip on the horses> d (1) : having the elements in an order <the straight sequence of events> (2) : CONSECUTIVE <12 straight days> e : having the cylinders arranged in a single straight line <a straight 8-cylinder engine> f : PLUMB , VERTICAL <the picture isn't quite straight >

3 a : exhibiting honesty and fairness < straight dealing> b : properly ordered or arranged <set the kitchen straight > <set us straight on that issue> also : CORRECT <get the facts straight > c : free from extraneous matter : UNMIXED < straight whiskey> d : marked by no exceptions or deviations in support of a principle or party <votes a straight Democratic ticket> e : having a fixed price for each regardless of the number sold f : not deviating from an indicated pattern <writes straight humor> <a straight -A student> g (1) : exhibiting no deviation from what is established or accepted as usual, normal, or proper : CONVENTIONAL also : SQUARE 5F (2) : not using or under the influence of drugs or alcohol h : HETEROSEXUAL

4 : being the only form of remuneration <on straight commission>

– straight · ish \ ' str ā -tish \ adjective

– straight · ly adverb

– straight · ness noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.