straighten

Definitions

  • ONE MORNING SHE CONCLUDED SHE'D STRAIGHTEN OUT HENRY'S TRUNK
    ONE MORNING SHE CONCLUDED SHE'D STRAIGHTEN OUT HENRY'S TRUNK
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v straighten put (things or places) in order "Tidy up your room!"
    • v straighten make straight or straighter "Straighten this post","straighten hair"
    • v straighten make straight
    • v straighten straighten by unrolling "roll out the big map"
    • v straighten get up from a sitting or slouching position "The students straightened when the teacher entered"
    • v straighten straighten up or out; make straight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average length of a coat hanger when straightened: 44 inches.
    • v. t Straighten A variant of Straiten.
    • Straighten To make right or correct; to reduce to order; as, to straighten one's affairs; to straighten an account.
    • Straighten To make straight; to reduce from a crooked to a straight form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If the coils of a French horn were straightened out, the instrument would be 22 feet long.
    • straighten To make straight, in any sense; specifically, to reduce from a crooked to a straight form.
    • straighten To become straight; assume a straight form.
    • straighten See straiten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Straighten to make straight
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Quotations

  • Joe Garagiola
    Joe Garagiola
    “Nolan Ryan is pitching much better now that he has his curve ball straightened out.”
  • Billy Graham
    Billy%20Graham
    “If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    H.%20Ross%20Perot
    “If you can't stand a little sacrifice and you can't stand a trip across the desert with limited water, we're never going to straighten this country out.”
  • Norman Douglas
    Norman%20Douglas
    “One can always trust to time. Insert a wedge of time and nearly everything straightens itself out.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. streht, pa.p. of streccan, to stretch.

Usage

In literature:

Velo stood up and straightened his back.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
Straightening up she met the questioning looks of the other girls with a resolute glance.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
While the three boys were doing this, the others cleaned up the living room of the bungalow, and also straightened out their beds.
"The Rover Boys on a Hunt" by Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
Then, suddenly, he straightened up.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
He straightened, facing more definitely that abominable choice.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
The woman replaced the cover on the stew-pan, straightened up, and spoke.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Presently he straightened himself up, and Foyle, calmly ignoring the assault, produced a cigar-case.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Her lips straightened in hard lines and her eyes flashed.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Then he straightened up, snapping his fingers.
"Mezzerow Loves Company" by Floyd L. Wallace
He thrust the deadly knife back into the bosom of his shirt, straightened up, and thrust his fingers into the crack.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

Who comes, who comes, o'er mountains laid,
Vales lifted, straightened ways?
'Tis he! the mightier horse we made
To serve our nobler days!
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
But I have straightened out
Ruin, wreck and wrack;
I toiled long years and at length
Came to so deep a thought
I can summon back
All their wholesome strength.
"The Results Of Thought" by William Butler Yeats
"He looks a weird and wintry Elf
With face in ruddy glow;
And all his curls are straightened out,
Hanging in Icicles about
A sparkling statue of himself,
Shaped out of frozen snow.
"A Winter's Tale For The Little Ones." by Gerald Massey
And farmers, whom he had argued
To corners tight and fast,
Would wink at each other and chuckle,
And grin at him as he passed,
As to say, "My ambitious old fellow, your whiffletree's straightened at last."
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton
And farmers, whom he had argued
To corners tight and fast,
Would wink at each other and chuckle,
And grin at him as he passed,
As to say, "My ambitious old fellow, your whiffletree's straightened at
last."
"Uncle Sammy" by Will McKendree Carleton
Our laughing little flask, compelled
Thro' depth to depth more bleak and shady;
As when, both arms beside her held,
Feet straightened out, some gay French lady
Is caught up from life's light and motion,
And dropped into death's silent ocean!
"Nationality In Drinks" by Robert Browning

In news:

Ceramic flat irons are a good tool for straightening hair, says Chung.
Local speeding tickets can take years to straighten out.
Straighten up and fly right.
Clamshell Straightener Eases Maintenance for Wellman Friction Products.
Kinney added that while the cleaning and repair project is not urgent, it does need to be straightened out.
Rivers were not "straightened," as opponents to dredging suggest.
All right gentlemen, if you will pay attention I am going to give you the opportunity to straighten up your trophy room, make some points with your wife and help a good cause.
Trim to straighten ends then cut into 9 1-inch-thick slices.
About the time Oregon Track Club Elite/Portland coach Jerry Schumacher gets his body clock straightened out, he will be boarding another intercontinental flight.
Hair -straightening products dangerous, US reps say.
US Reps ask FDA about dangerous hair -straightening products.
So quickly we will straighten it out.
Retired Marine to 'straighten out' state parks.
He worked with me to secure and straighten all the straps.
Neighbor Petra Zarate straightens up a sidewalk memorial for Marcel Luis Ceja, 22, who was shot and killed by an Anaheim police officer during a confrontation in front of an Anaheim apartment complex.
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In science:

Then we calculate the correlations between the straightened zeros of the SO(2) random polynomial.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Fig 1: The two-point correlation function of straightened zeros of the Kac random polynomial.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
In the limit when n → ∞, the straightened zeros ζj are uniformly distributed on the real line.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Fig 2: The two-point correlation function of straightened zeros of the SO(2) random polynomial.
Correlations between zeros of a random polynomial
Green, A straightening formula for quantized codeterminants, Comm.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
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