- consisting of, involving, or describable by terms of the first degree.
- having the same effect on a sum as on each of the summands: a linear operation.
Origin of linear
Examples from the Web for linearly
Contemporary Examples of linearly
Did you write it linearly, or write each story and then break them apart?A Fierce Debut
March 9, 2011
Historical Examples of linearly
As the intensity of the gravitational field decreased, the velocity of the ship increased—not linearly, but logarithmically.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
- (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to inputlinear amplifier
- having components arranged in a line
Word Origin for linear
1640s, from French linéaire, from Latin linearis "belonging to a line," from linea "string, line" (see line (n.)). Essentially the same word as lineal; "in Latin linearis the original suffix -alis was dissimilated to -aris, but in Late Latin this rule was no longer productive and the formation or re-formation in -alis remained unchanged." [Barnhart]. Linear A and Linear B (1902-3) were names given to two related forms of linear Minoan writing discovered 1894-1901 in Crete by Sir Arthur Evans.