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straight

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. (Science: botany) 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. 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, 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. . The shortest line between two points. . A line which has the same direction through its whole length. . Straight-way valve, a valve which, when opened w 4c1 idely, affords a straight passageway, as for water.

Origin: OE. Streit, properly p.p. Of strecchen to stretch, AS. Streht, p.p. Of streccan to stretch, to extend. See Stretch.


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Gannet, your concept doesn't agree with the facts. One can frighten the young of certain bird species by moving above them along a straight line an object shaped like a bird with outstretched wings. Other shapes won't elicit that reaction. You're almost like Aristotle rejecting Plato's ...

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Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:40 pm
 
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Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Are predators always smarter than their prey?

Gannet, your concept doesn't agree with the facts. One can frighten the young of certain bird species by moving above them along a straight line an object shaped like a bird with outstretched wings. Other shapes won't elicit that reaction. You're almost like Aristotle rejecting Plato's ...

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Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:30 am
 
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Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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cladograms

Ok, I apologize if I confused the enquirer. I always thought that if I have a line straight through (without bends) that means that it is still the same species as it was when it split. But apparently I got that wrong.

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by Tricho
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: cladograms
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A bone question from Sweden

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Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:57 am
 
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Re: When is it okay to call a scientist a whore?

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Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:32 am
 
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