KJV Dictionary Definition: straight


STRAIGHT, a. L., formed from the root of reach, stretch, right. It is customary to write straight, for direct or right, and strait, for narrow, but this is a practice wholly arbitrary, both being the same word. Strait we use in the sense in which it is used in the south of Europe. Both sense proceed from stretching, straining.

1. Right, in a mathematical sense; direct; passing from one point to another by the nearest course; not deviating or crooked; as a straight line; a straight course; a straight piece of timber.

2. Narrow; close; tight; as a straight garment. See strait, as it is generally written.

3. Upright; according with justice and rectitude; not deviating from truth or fairness.

STRAIGHT, adv. Immediately; directly; in the shortest time.

I know thy generous temper well; fling but the appearance of dishonor on it, it straight takes fire, and mounts into a blaze.



1. The quality or state of being straight; rectitude.

2. Narrowness; tension; tightness.