Definition of linear
1a (1) : of, relating to, resembling, or having a graph that is a line and especially a straight line : straight (2) : involving a single dimensionb (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 algebrac (1) : characterized by an emphasis on line linear art (2) : composed of simply drawn lines with little attempt at pictorial representation linear scriptd : consisting of a straight chain of atoms a linear molecule
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
Examples of linear in a sentence
a flat, almost linear horizon
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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: formed by lines : made up of lines

: forming a line

: of or relating to the length of something
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