- 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 non-linear
Contemporary Examples of non-linear
He is known to be difficult, because of his love of the Latinate, and his non-linear, digressive, even symphonic, narrative style.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life
August 9, 2014
The messy, complex, non-linear movement of actual history, by contrast, is unsettling, humbling—even terrifying.How ‘Cosmos’ Bungles the History of Religion and Science
March 23, 2014
I started out approaching a novel the way I write stories, which is in a non-linear and exploratory way.Karen Russell: How I Write
February 6, 2013
Not surprisingly, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was written in a non-linear fashion.Best New Writers
May 24, 2010
Historical Examples of non-linear
They are constitutive of non-linear forms of complementarity.
Linearity is effectively supplanted by non-linear descriptions of the many interlocking factors at work.
The literate argument of science and multimedia's non-linear heuristic path to science are fundamentally different.
The relations between the elements involved are non-linear and change continuously.
Equations, whether ordinary or partial, can also be classified as linear or non-linear.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
- (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.