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scalar

adjective sca·lar \ ˈskā-lər , -ˌlär \

Definition of scalar

1 :having an uninterrupted series of steps :graduated
  • scalar chain of authority
  • scalar cells
2 a :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 and Etymology of scalar

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


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scalar

noun

Definition of scalar

1 :a real number rather than a vector
2 :a quantity (such as mass or time) that has a magnitude describable by a real number and no direction

First Known Use of scalar

1846

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