Straight a. A variant of Strait, a. [Obs. or R.]
Egypt is a long country, but it is straight, that is to say, narrow. --Sir J. Mandeville.
Straight, a. [Compar. Straighter superl. Straightest.]
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. Bot. 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. Card Playing 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. [Slang]
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. [Political Cant, U.S.]
Straight arch 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.” --Euclid. “The shortest line between two points.” --Chauvenet. “A line which has the same direction through its whole length.” --Newcomb.
Straight-way valve, a valve which, when opened widely, affords a straight passageway, as for water.
Straight adv. In a straight manner; directly; rightly; forthwith; immediately; as, the arrow went straight to the mark. “Floating straight.”
I know thy generous temper well;
Fling but the appearance of dishonor on it,
It straight takes fire, and mounts into a blaze. --Addison.
Everything was going on straight. --W. Black.
Straight, n. Poker A hand of five cards in consecutive order as to value; a sequence. When they are of one suit, it is calles straight flush.
Straight, v. t. To straighten. [R.]
adj 1: successive (without a break); "sick for five straight days"
2: having no deviations; "straight lines"; "straight roads
across the desert"; "straight teeth"; "straight shoulders"
3: (of hair) having no waves or curls; "her naturally straight
hair hung long and silky" [ant: curly]
4: erect in posture; "behind him sat old man Arthur; he was
straight with something angry in his attitude"; "stood
defiantly with unbowed back" [syn: unbent, unbowed, upright]
5: right; in keeping with the facts; "set the record straight";
"made sure the facts were straight in the report"
6: honest and morally upright; "I just want a straight answer
to the question"; "straight dealing" [ant: crooked]
7: no longer coiled [syn: uncoiled] [ant: coiled]
8: without curves [ant: curved]
9: neatly arranged; not disorderly; "the room is straight now"
10: characterized by honesty and fairness; "a square deal";
"wanted to do the square thing" [syn: square]
11: not homosexual
12: accurately fitted; level; "the window frame isn't quite
true" [syn: true]
13: without water; "took his whiskey neat" [syn: neat, full-strength]
14: reliable in matters of fact; "he was always straight with
15: following a correct or logical method; "straight reasoning"
16: rigidly conventional or old-fashioned [syn: square]
n 1: a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation
to persons of the opposite sex [syn: heterosexual, heterosexual
person, straight person]
2: a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
3: a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse [syn: straightaway]
adv 1: without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake";
"went direct to the office" [syn: directly, direct]
2: in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't
answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat
for less work and more pay" [syn: directly, flat]
3: in a straight line; in a direct course; "the road runs