- 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.
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Origin of linear
OTHER WORDS FROM linearlin·e·ar·ly, adverbnon·lin·e·ar, adjectivesub·lin·e·ar, adjective
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Example sentences 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