- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM linearlin·e·ar·ly, adverbnon·lin·e·ar, adjectivesub·lin·e·ar, adjective
Words nearby linear
Example sentences from the Web for 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|Chimamanda Adichie|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Sessions|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I started out approaching a novel the way I write stories, which is in a non-linear and exploratory way.
Not surprisingly, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was written in a non-linear fashion.
The literate argument of science and multimedia's non-linear heuristic path to science are fundamentally different.
Equations, whether ordinary or partial, can also be classified as linear or non-linear.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
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 relations between the elements involved are non-linear and change continuously.
British Dictionary definitions for non-linear
- (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to inputlinear amplifier
- having components arranged in a line