Definitions for linearˈlɪn i ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lin•e•arˈlɪn i ər(adj.)

  1. of, consisting of, or using lines:

    linear design.

  2. pertaining to or represented by lines:

    linear dimensions.

  3. extended or arranged in a line:

    a linear series.

  4. involving measurement in one dimension only.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  5. of or pertaining to the characteristics of a work of art defined chiefly in terms of line.

    Category: Fine Arts

  6. having the form of or resembling a line:

    linear nebulae.

  7. Math. consisting of, involving, or describable by terms of the first degree. having the same effect on a sum as on each of the summands:

    a linear operation.

    Category: Math

  8. narrow and elongated.

    Category: Botany

Origin of linear:

1635–45; < L līneāris; see line1, -ar1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. linear, additive(adj)

    designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

  2. linear, one-dimensional(adj)

    of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension

    "a linear measurement"

  3. analogue, analog, linear(adj)

    of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input

    "analogue device"; "linear amplifier"

  4. linear, elongate(adj)

    (of a leaf shape) long and narrow

  5. linear, running(a)(adj)

    measured lengthwise

    "cost of lumber per running foot"


  1. linear(Adjective)

    Having the form of a line; straight.

  2. linear(Adjective)

    Of or relating to lines.

  3. linear(Adjective)

    Made in a step-by-step, logical manner.

  4. linear(Adjective)

    Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.

  5. linear(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form .

  6. linear(Adjective)

    A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension .

  7. Linear(ProperNoun)

    A comet, cataloged as C/1999 S4, discovered on September 27, 1999, by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program in New Mexico. (See ) Sometimes spelled LINEAR.

  8. Origin: From linearis, from linea + -aris (adjectival suffix).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linear(adj)

    of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal

  2. Linear(adj)

    like a line; narrow; of the same breadth throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf


  1. Linearity

    In common usage, linearity refers to a mathematical relationship or function that can be graphically represented as a straight line, as in two quantities that are directly proportional to each other, such as voltage and current in a simple DC circuit, or the mass and weight of an object. A crude but simple example of this concept can be observed in the volume control of an audio amplifier. While our ears may perceive a relatively even gradation of volume as the control goes from 1 to 10, the electrical power consumed in the speaker is rising geometrically with each numerical increment. The "loudness" is proportional to the volume number, while the wattage is doubling with every unit increase. In mathematics, a linear map or linear function f(x) is a function that satisfies the following two properties: Additivity: f = f(x) + f. Homogeneity of degree 1: f = αf(x) for all α. The homogeneity and additivity properties together are called the superposition principle.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'linear' in Adjectives Frequency: #839

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of, consisting of or like a line or lines.

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