linear graph


[graf, grahf]
  1. a diagram representing a system of connections or interrelations among two or more things by a number of distinctive dots, lines, bars, etc.
  2. Mathematics.
    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.
  3. a written symbol for an idea, a sound, or a linguistic expression.
verb (used with object)
  1. Mathematics. to draw (a curve) as representing a given function.
  2. to represent by means of a graph.

Origin of graph

1875–80; short for graphic formula; see graphic
Related formsre·graph, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for graph

1. See map. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for linear-graph


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. maths a structure represented by a diagram consisting of points (vertices) joined by lines (edges)
  4. linguistics a symbol in a writing system not further subdivisible into other such symbols
  1. (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

linear-graph in Science


  1. 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.
  2. 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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