[ skey-ler ]
/ ˈskeɪ lər /
representable by position on a scale or line; having only magnitude: a scalar variable.
of, relating to, or utilizing a scalar.
ladderlike in arrangement or organization; graduated: a scalar structure for promoting personnel.
Mathematics, Physics. a quantity possessing only magnitude.Compare vector (def. 1a).
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British Dictionary definitions for scalar
/ (ˈskeɪlə) /
having magnitude but not direction
Word Origin for scalar
C17 (meaning: resembling a ladder): from Latin scālāris, from scāla ladder
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Scientific definitions for scalar
[ skā′lər ]
A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, whose only property is magnitude; a number. Compare vector.
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