non·​lin·​e·​ar ˌnän-ˈli-nē-ər How to pronounce nonlinear (audio)
: not linear
nonlinear thinking
a nonlinear narrative
… I was already interested in the nonlinear manner in which ideas and fashions travel through our culture …Lyall Watson
nonlinearity noun
plural nonlinearities
nonlinearly adverb

Examples of nonlinear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The relationship between testosterone and AFib risk was nonlinear, meaning that men whose testosterone levels fell below normal also had higher odds of developing AFib. Brian Mastroianni, Health, 5 June 2024 National decision-makers, obliged to make choices in an open, dynamic, nonlinear system that is rarely in equilibrium, should act incrementally and learn from trial and error. James B. Steinberg, Foreign Affairs, 9 June 2020 While the story unfolded chronologically in the book, the show took a different approach, with a nonlinear narrative that jumped back and forth between eras. Andrew Webster, The Verge, 30 May 2024 That means looking to older generations, people with neurodiversity, those with criminal records or who are on nonlinear career paths, and skilled people returning to work after unemployment or stints as family caregivers. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 29 Feb. 2024 Told in a nonlinear timeline, Dorris' ambitious novel highlights the importance of lineage, and the bonds of a family’s history. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 4 May 2024 Adobe Premiere Pro earns its status as industry-standard video editing software thanks to its familiar nonlinear editing interface, unmatched ecosystem of tools, and powerful capabilities. PCMAG, 1 May 2024 All three main actors ace their arcs and changing looks over time – that’s key in a nonlinear film like this that’s all over the place. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2024 Photographers are likely to opt for nonlinear focus, in which slower turns make fine adjustments and quicker ones rack across the focus range more aggressively. PCMAG, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonlinear was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Nonlinear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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