linear

[ lin-ee-er ]
/ ˈlɪn i ər /

adjective

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Origin of linear

First recorded in 1635–45, linear is from the Latin word līneāris of, belonging to lines. See line1, -ar1

OTHER WORDS FROM linear

lin·e·ar·ly, adverbnon·lin·e·ar, adjectivesub·lin·e·ar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for linear

linear
/ (ˈlɪnɪə) /

adjective

Derived forms of linear

linearity (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

linear
[ lĭnē-ər ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
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Scientific definitions for linear

linear
[ lĭnē-ər ]

Being or resembling a line.
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