linear equation


: an equation of the first degree in any number of variables

Examples of linear equation in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of linear equation was in 1816

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“Linear equation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

linear equation

: an equation in which each term is either a constant or contains only one variable, in which each variable has an exponent of 1, and which always has a straight line as a graph
y = mx + b is the general form of a linear equation where m and b are any real numbers

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