[ lin-ee-er ]
/ ˈlɪn i ər /
of, consisting of, or using lines: linear design.
pertaining to or represented by lines: linear dimensions.
extended or arranged in a line: a linear series.
involving measurement in one dimension only; pertaining to length: linear measure.
of or relating to the characteristics of a work of art in which forms and rhythms are defined chiefly in terms of line.
having the form of or resembling a line: linear nebulae.
- 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.
Electronics. delivering an output that is directly proportional to the input: a linear circuit; a linear amplifier.
threadlike; narrow and elongated: a linear leaf.
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Origin of linear
OTHER WORDS FROM linearlin·e·ar·ly, adverbnon·lin·e·ar, adjectivesub·lin·e·ar, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for linear
Did you write it linearly, or write each story and then break them apart?
As the intensity of the gravitational field decreased, the velocity of the ship increased—not linearly, but logarithmically.Unwise Child|Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for linear
/ (ˈlɪnɪə) /
of, in, along, or relating to a line
of or relating to length
resembling, represented by, or consisting of a line or lines
having one dimension
designating a style in the arts, esp painting, that obtains its effects through line rather than colour or light and in which the edges of forms and planes are sharply definedCompare painterly
maths of or relating to the first degreea linear equation
narrow and having parallel edgesa linear leaf
- (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to inputlinear amplifier
- having components arranged in a line
Derived forms of linearlinearity (ˌlɪnɪˈærɪtɪ), nounlinearly, adverb
Word Origin for linear
C17: from Latin līneāris of or by means of lines
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Medical definitions for linear
[ lĭn′ē-ər ]
Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
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Scientific definitions for linear
[ lĭn′ē-ər ]
Being or resembling a line.
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