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adjective sca·lar \ˈskā-lər-, -ˌlär\

Definition of scalar

  1. 1 :  having an uninterrupted series of steps :  graduated <scalar chain of authority> <scalar cells>

  2. 2a :  capable of being represented by a point on a scale <scalar quantity>b :  of or relating to a scalar or scalar product <scalar multiplication>



Origin of scalar

Latin scalaris, from scalae stairs, ladder — more at scale


First Known Use: circa 1656


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scalar

noun sca·lar

Definition of scalar

  1. 1 :  a real number rather than a vector

  2. 2 :  a quantity (as mass or time) that has a magnitude describable by a real number and no direction



1846

First Known Use of scalar

1846

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