linear

[ lin-ee-er ]
/ ˈlɪn i ər /
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adjective

Origin of linear

First recorded in 1635–45, linear is from the Latin word līneāris of, belonging to lines. See line1, -ar1
Related formslin·e·ar·ly, adverbnon·lin·e·ar, adjectivesub·lin·e·ar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonlinear (1 of 2)

nonlinear

/ (nɒnˈlɪnɪə) /

adjective

not of, in, along, or relating to a line
denoting digital editing in which edits are saved on computer, rather than videotape, thus enabling further edits to be made

British Dictionary definitions for nonlinear (2 of 2)

linear

/ (ˈlɪnɪə) /

adjective

Derived Formslinearity (ˌlɪnɪˈærɪtɪ), nounlinearly, adverb

Word Origin for linear

C17: from Latin līneāris of or by means of lines
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Word Origin and History for nonlinear

linear


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for nonlinear

linear

[ lĭnē-ər ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
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Science definitions for nonlinear

linear

[ lĭnē-ər ]

Being or resembling a line.
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