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noun Mathematics .

a first-order equation involving two variables: its graph is a straight line in the Cartesian coordinate system.

any equation such that the sum of two solutions is a solution, and a constant multiple of a solution is a solution.

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Origin of linear equation First recorded in 1810–20

Words nearby linear equation Linear B ,

linear collider ,

linear combination ,

linear dependence ,

linear differential equation ,

linear equation ,

linear extrapolation ,

linear function ,

linear independence ,

linear induction motor ,

linear interpolation

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How to use linear equation in a sentence They crop up in many practical settings, where building a sturdier bridge or a stealthier aircraft can involve solving systems with millions of interdependent linear equation s.

Traffic and growth and conversions or however you want to frame this is not a linear equation .

Childs’ team used Carleman linearization, an out-of-fashion mathematical technique from the 1930s, to transform nonlinear problems into an array of linear equation s.

Perhaps, like Hawking searching for his elegant equation, filmmakers will never find the answer.

Lepore has a different, though still linear, metaphor for the history of feminism: “a river, wending.”

But vibrant industry requires solid infrastructure, which is where the Chinese government enters the equation.

He is known to be difficult, because of his love of the Latinate, and his non-linear, digressive, even symphonic, narrative style.

Until that equation tips, individual Republicans may break ranks on gay rights, but the party remains a countercultural bastion.

Now the trouble with the main proposition just quoted is that each side of the equation is used as the measure of the other.

In other words, it is a truism, mere equation in terms, telling nothing whatever.

The child now aims at constructing a particular linear representation, that of a man, a horse, or what not.

Curious differences appear in respect of the completeness of this linear noting or enumerating of features.

This habit of scribble may persist after a child attempts a linear description of the parts of an object.

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British Dictionary definitions for linear equation

noun

a polynomial equation of the first degree, such as x + y = 7

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Scientific definitions for linear equation

An algebraic equation, such as y = 4x + 3, in which the variables are of the first degree (that is, raised only to the first power). The graph of such an equation is a straight line.

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