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Experts clarify measurement terminology

September 1st, 2008 / By: / Resources

What’s the difference between a linear yard and a lineal yard?

Our guess is that someone is using the term ‘lineal’ when they really mean “linear.” Lineal is a word typically used more in a genealogical context, meaning someone is descended in a direct line from a particular ancestor. Linear is a simple, one-dimensional unit of measurement. In other words, in the case of linear yard, it means the length of the fabric, without accounting for the width.

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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