Dictionary

# linear

*adjective*lin·e·ar \ˈli-nē-ər\

: formed by lines : made up of lines

: forming a line

: of or relating to the length of something

## Full Definition of *LINEAR*

1

*a*

*(1)*

**:**of, relating to, resembling, or having a graph that is a line and especially a straight line

**:**straight

*(2)*

**:**involving a single dimension

*b*

*(1)*

**:**of the first degree with respect to one or more variables

*(2)*

**:**of, relating to, based on, or being linear equations, linear differential equations, linear functions, linear transformations, or linear algebra

*c*

*(1)*

**:**characterized by an emphasis on line <

*linear*art>

*(2)*

**:**composed of simply drawn lines with little attempt at pictorial representation <

*linear*script>

*d*

**:**consisting of a straight chain of atoms

2

**:**elongated with nearly parallel sides <

*linear*leaf> — see leaf illustration

3

**:**having or being a response or output that is directly proportional to the input

4

**:**of, relating to, or based or depending on sequential development <

*linear*thinking> <a

*linear*narrative>

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**lin·e·ar·i·ty**\ˌli-nē-ˈer-ə-tē, -ˈa-rə-\*noun*—

**lin·e·ar·ly**\ˈli-nē-ər-lē\*adverb*See linear defined for English-language learners

See linear defined for kids

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## Examples of *LINEAR*

- a flat, almost
*linear*horizon - <the bullets from early firearms were notorious for not following a strictly
*linear*path through the air>

## First Known Use of *LINEAR*

circa 1656

## Related to *LINEAR*

- Synonyms
- direct, straight, right, straightaway, straightforward

LINEAR Defined for Kids

## linear

*adjective*lin·ear \ˈli-nē-ər\

## Definition of *LINEAR* for Kids

1

**:**made up of, relating to, or like a line

**:**straight

2

**:**involving a single dimension

Medical Dictionary

## linear

*adjective*lin·ear \ˈlin-ē-ər\

## Medical Definition of *LINEAR *

**:**of, relating to, or resembling a line

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**lin·ear·i·ty**\ˌlin-ē-ˈar-ət-ē\*noun*,*plural***lin·ear·i·ties**—

**lin·ear·ly**\ˈlin-ē-ər-lē\*adverb*
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