- 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.
Origin of linear
- 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
Word Origin and History for non 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.
- Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
- Being or resembling a line.