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bilinear

[bahy-lin-ee-er]
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adjective Mathematics.
  1. of, relating to, or having reference to two lines: bilinear coordinates.
  2. of the first degree in each of two variables, as an equation.

Origin of bilinear

First recorded in 1850–55; bi-1 + linear
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British Dictionary definitions for bilinear

bilinear

adjective
  1. of or referring to two lines
  2. of or relating to a function of two variables that is linear in each independently, as f(x, y) = xy
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Word Origin and History for bilinear

adj.

also bi-linear, 1851, from bi- + linear. Related: Bilinearly; bilinearity.

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