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linear

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adjective lin·e·ar \ˈli-nē-ər\

Simple Definition of linear

  • : formed by lines : made up of lines

  • : forming a line

  • : of or relating to the length of something

Full Definition of linear

  1. 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. 2 :  elongated with nearly parallel sides <linear leaf> — see leaf illustration

  3. 3 :  having or being a response or output that is directly proportional to the input

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or based or depending on sequential development <linear thinking> <a linear narrative>

lin·e·ar·i·ty play \ˌli-nē-ˈer-ə-tē, -ˈa-rə-\ noun
lin·e·ar·ly play \ˈli-nē-ər-lē\ adverb

Examples of linear

  1. a flat, almost linear horizon

  2. <the bullets from early firearms were notorious for not following a strictly linear path through the air>



Circa 1656

First Known Use of linear

circa 1656

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Medical Dictionary

linear

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adjective lin·ear \ˈlin-ē-ər\

Medical Definition of linear

  1. :  of, relating to, or resembling a line

  2. lin·ear·i·ty \ˌlin-ē-ˈar-ət-ē\play noun, plural lin·ear·i·ties
    lin·ear·ly \ˈlin-ē-ər-lē\play adverb





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