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
linearityplay \ˌli-nē-ˈer-ə-tē, -ˈa-rə-\ noun
linearlyplay \ˈli-nē-ər-lē\ adverb
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
Recent Examples of linear from the Web
In place of a linear narrative is a spiraling one, circling around a story of grief and another of identity.
The earliest installments were relatively linear: The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link (1987), A Link to the Past (1991), and Link’s Awakening (1993) were 2D adventures that sent you (as Link) off on a grid.
Also note that the linear ratings for the PL were down last year given the lack of drama for spots in the table.
The Dominicks' two-story, three bedroom and three full-bath home is linear - 53 feet wide by 400 feet deep - equating about one-half acre.
Anjum’s story is fairly linear, but Tilo’s leaps around in time, keeping the reader in suspense about her enigmatic life.
The board was asked to grant $6,750 based on the program guidelines, allowing for $250 per linear foot of frontage.
This will allow the city to resume cleaning and reshaping of the the canal from Florida Avenue to the Cousin Street bridge, an estimated 3,400 linear feet, the release said.
Long, linear LED box lights inset into the ceilings almost seem unnecessary with the flood of natural light created by the use of extensive glass.
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First Known Use of linear
LINEAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of linear for English Language Learners
: formed by lines : made up of lines
: forming a line
: of or relating to the length of something
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