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English Dictionary: lineal by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
lineal
adj
  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
      {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.
                                                                              --Locke.
  
      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
            magnitude.
  
      {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
      measure.]
      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
                                                                              Gloucester.
  
      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.
                                                                              21.
  
      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
            proportion.
  
                     Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of
                     my days.                                             --Ps. xxxix.
                                                                              4.
  
      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
                  minuet.
            (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
            measures.
  
      {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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