- 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 nonlinear
Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, The Burning Plain) employs a nonlinear style.
Critics rediscovered Wuthering Heights, praising its complicated, nonlinear structure.
Let us assume that each of the environmental variables is a nonlinear oscillator, as is probable.
The new stage corresponds to distributed, non-sequential forms of human activity, nonlinear dependencies.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
The frequency distribution of breeding activity in birds is described by a nonlinear curve (a normal distribution is nonlinear).
British Dictionary definitions for nonlinear (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for nonlinear (2 of 2)
- (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to inputlinear amplifier
- having components arranged in a line
Word Origin for linear
Word Origin and History for nonlinear
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.