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English Dictionary: lineal by the DICT Development Group
3 results for lineal
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
    Synonym(s): lineal, direct
    Antonym(s): collateral, indirect
  2. arranged in a line
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lineal \Lin"e*al\ (l[icr]n"[esl]*[ait]l), a. [L. linealis
      belonging to a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin[82]al. See 3d
      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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Measure \Meas"ure\, n. [OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr.
      metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure,
      Gr. [?], E. meter. Cf. {Immense}, {Mensuration}, {Mete} to
      1. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or
            extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or
            multiples of which anything is estimated and stated;
            hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.
      2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is
            measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
                     False ells and measures be brought all clean adown.
                                                                              --R. of
      3. The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according
            to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated;
            estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat.
                     The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and
                     broader than the sea.                        --Job xi. 9.
      4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a
            quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited
            quantity or amount.
                     It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in
                     three measures of meal.                     --Luke xiii.
      5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds;
            moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in
            measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
                     Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth
                     without measure.                                 --Is. v. 14.
      6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted
            share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due
                     Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of
                     my days.                                             --Ps. xxxix.
      7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying
            and selling; as, to give good or full measure.
      8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
                     There is a great measure of discretion to be used in
                     the performance of confession.            --Jer. Taylor.
      9. Regulated division of movement:
            (a) (Dancing) A regulated movement corresponding to the
                  time in which the accompanying music is performed;
                  but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the
            (b) (Mus.) (1) The group or grouping of beats, caused by
                  the regular recurrence of accented beats. (2) The
                  space between two bars. See {Beat}, {Triple},
                  {Quadruple}, {Sextuple}, {Compound time}, under
                  {Compound}, a., and {Figure}.
            (c) (Poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the
                  quantities, or long and short syllables; meter;
                  rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure.
      10. (Arith.) A number which is contained in a given number a
            number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases,
            the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of
            two or more numbers.
      11. A step or definite part of a progressive course or
            policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the
            accomplishment of an object; as, political measures;
            prudent measures; an inefficient measure.
                     His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken
                     in the conferring that trust, and lamented his
                     error.                                             --Clarendon.
      12. The act of measuring; measurement. --Shak.
      13. pl. (Geol.) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead
      {Lineal}, [or] {Long}, {measure}, measure of length; the
            measure of lines or distances.
      {Liquid measure}, the measure of liquids.
      {Square measure}, the measure of superficial area of surfaces
            in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc.
      {To have hard measure}, to have harsh treatment meted out to
            one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with.
      {To take measures}, to make preparations; to provide means.
      {To take one's measure}, to measure one, as for a garment;
            hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character,
            ability, etc.
      {To tread a measure}, to dance in the style so called. See 9
            (a) .
                           Say to her, we have measured many miles To
                           tread a measure with her on this grass. --Shak.
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