linear graph


noun Mathematics.

Nearby words

  1. linear differential equation,
  2. linear equation,
  3. linear extrapolation,
  4. linear fracture,
  5. linear function,
  6. linear independence,
  7. linear induction motor,
  8. linear manifold,
  9. linear measure,
  10. linear momentum


[graf, grahf]


a diagram representing a system of connections or interrelations among two or more things by a number of distinctive dots, lines, bars, etc.
  1. a series of points, discrete or continuous, as in forming a curve or surface, each of which represents a value of a given function.
  2. Also called linear graph.a network of lines connecting points.
a written symbol for an idea, a sound, or a linguistic expression.

verb (used with object)

Mathematics. to draw (a curve) as representing a given function.
to represent by means of a graph.

Origin of graph

1875–80; short for graphic formula; see graphic

1. See map.

Related formsre·graph, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for linear-graph



Also called: chart a drawing depicting the relation between certain sets of numbers or quantities by means of a series of dots, lines, etc, plotted with reference to a set of axesSee also bar graph
maths a drawing depicting a functional relation between two or three variables by means of a curve or surface containing only those points whose coordinates satisfy the relation
maths a structure represented by a diagram consisting of points (vertices) joined by lines (edges)
linguistics a symbol in a writing system not further subdivisible into other such symbols


(tr) to draw or represent in a graph

Word Origin for graph

C19: short for graphic formula

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Word Origin and History for linear-graph



1878, shortening of graphic formula (see graphic). The verb meaning "charted on a graph" is from 1889. Related: Graphed; graphing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for linear-graph



A diagram showing the relationship of quantities, especially such a diagram in which lines, bars, or proportional areas represent how one quantity depends on or changes with another.
A curve or line showing a mathematical function or equation, typically drawn in a Cartesian coordinate system. The graph of the function y = x2 is a parabola.
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