linear combination

noun Mathematics. (of mathematical quantities)

a sum of products of each quantity times a constant: The expression aX + bY + cZ is a linear combination of X, Y, and Z, where a, b, and c are constants.

Nearby words

  1. linear accelerator,
  2. linear algebra,
  3. linear atrophy,
  4. linear b,
  5. linear collider,
  6. linear dependence,
  7. linear differential equation,
  8. linear equation,
  9. linear extrapolation,
  10. linear fracture

Origin of linear combination

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019