Lin"e*al(ln"*l), a. [L. linealis belonging to a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. linal. 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,
4. In the direction of a line; of or pertaining to a line; measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear; as,
Lineal measure, the measure of length; -- usually written
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