What does linear mean?

Definitions for linear
ˈlɪn i ərlin·ear

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linear, additiveadjective

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

  2. linear, one-dimensionaladjective

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

    "a linear measurement"

  3. analogue, analog, linearadjective

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

    "analogue device"; "linear amplifier"

  4. linear, elongateadjective

    (of a leaf shape) long and narrow

  5. linear, running(a)adjective

    measured lengthwise

    "cost of lumber per running foot"


  1. Linearadjective

    Thinking in a step-by-step analytical and logical fashion; contrasted with holistic, i.e. thinking in terms of complex interrelated patterns; as, linear thinkers.


  1. linearadjective

    Having the form of a line; straight.

  2. linearadjective

    Of or relating to lines.

  3. linearadjective

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

  4. linearadjective

    Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.

  5. linearadjective

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

  6. linearadjective

    A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension .

  7. Linearnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Linearadjective

    Composed of lines; having the form of lines.

    Etymology: linearis, Latin.

    Where-ever it is freed from the sand stone, it is covered with linear striæ, tending towards several centers, so as to compose flat stellar figures. John Woodward, on Fossils.


  1. linear

    Linearity is the property of a mathematical relationship (function) that can be graphically represented as a straight line. Linearity is closely related to proportionality. Examples in physics include rectilinear motion, the linear relationship of voltage and current in an electrical conductor (Ohm's law), and the relationship of mass and weight. By contrast, more complicated relationships are nonlinear. Generalized for functions in more than one dimension, linearity means the property of a function of being compatible with addition and scaling, also known as the superposition principle. The word linear comes from Latin linearis, "pertaining to or resembling a line".


  1. linear

    Linear generally refers to something arranged in or pertaining to a straight line. It might refer to progress, development, or relationships that are sequential, direct, or follow a clear and logical sequence from one point to another. In mathematics or in context to algebra or geometry, linear implies an equation or function exhibiting a direct proportionality between variables or a sequence with constant difference. In other areas like arts, it may refer to a style that outlines, focuses on distinct contours or disregards effects of color or shading. The meaning can diversify depending on the context it’s used in.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linearadjective

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

  2. Linearadjective

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

  3. Etymology: [L. linearis, linearius, fr. linea line: cf. F. linaire. See 3d Line.]

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  1. Linear

    straight; in the form of a right line.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Linear is ranked #56710 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Linear surname appeared 360 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Linear.

    81.6% or 294 total occurrences were Black.
    8.3% or 30 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.7% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for linear »

  1. aliner

  2. Arline

  3. lanier

  4. larine

  5. nailer

  6. renail

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of linear in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of linear in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of linear in a Sentence

  1. Rob Holmes:

    The long-term trajectory of connected TV is very strong, if anything, all of this time at home streaming is only going to accelerate that trend, and to be a place where advertisers can reach those audiences that are leaving linear television and becoming streaming only, or streaming dominant, is a great opportunity long term.

  2. Greg Schmidt:

    My dad invited Rudy Kalman to give a lecture at Ames, and when he did, Dad had an epiphany, rudy Kalman had written a paper about a theoretical' linear' solution to estimating a vehicle's location and speed. The problem was that this was a fundamentally' nonlinear' problem ; that's like the difference in complexity between floating down a lazy river and going over a waterfall, where your motion becomes chaotic and unpredictable. My dad then developed the equations for how to solve this nonlinear problem -- a major extension of Kalman's work.

  3. Bob Greenblatt:

    My instincts tell me those viewers who are much younger probably wouldn't have watched it in a linear way because our average age is so much higher on the network.

  4. Joe Primo:

    Grief is not a linear process.

  5. district attorney:

    Investigations are not linear so we are following the leads in front of us. That’s what we’re doing, the investigation is very much ongoing.

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