linear [lin-ee-er] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for linear on adjective

  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; pertaining to length: linear measure.
  5. of or relating to the characteristics of a work of art in which forms and rhythms are defined chiefly in terms of line.
  6. having the form of or resembling a line: linear nebulae.
  7. Mathematics.
    1. consisting of, involving, or describable by terms of the first degree.
    2. having the same effect on a sum as on each of the summands: a linear operation.
  8. Electronics. delivering an output that is directly proportional to the input: a linear circuit; a linear amplifier.
  9. threadlike; narrow and elongated: a linear leaf.

Origin of linear First recorded in 1635–45, linear is from the Latin word līneāris of, belonging to lines. See line1, -ar1 Related formslin·e·ar·ly, adverbnon·lin·e·ar, adjectivesub·lin·e·ar, adjective Related Words for linear precise, limited, slim, definite, precarious, slender, tight, cramped, thin, small, short, straightforward, solid, smooth, successive, consecutive, nonstop, true, continuous, exclusive Examples from the Web for linear Contemporary Examples of linear

  • But the reasoning only made sense if the tumor grew in a linear, predictable way.

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  • In his own words it was “the linear equivalent of the sensation of flight.”

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  • I call them Hyperserials: shows with a purer, more intense focus on one linear, series-long plotline.

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  • The order of words in a book is dictated by the linear nature of the medium.

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  • It is a simple, linear view of how things work—if a measured amount of something is good, an all-out amount of it must be better.

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  • Historical Examples of linear

  • Linear, elongated oblong, more than three times as long as wide.

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  • To this linear perspective is added moreover an atmospheric perspective.

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  • Linear Logic Language, the pitfall of all the old researchers.

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  • The Egyptians do not appear to have made any use of linear perspective.

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  • They ascertain politics as sequential, linear, and deterministic.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for linear linear adjective

    1. of, in, along, or relating to a line
    2. of or relating to length
    3. resembling, represented by, or consisting of a line or lines
    4. having one dimension
    5. designating a style in the arts, esp painting, that obtains its effects through line rather than colour or light and in which the edges of forms and planes are sharply definedCompare painterly
    6. maths of or relating to the first degreea linear equation
    7. narrow and having parallel edgesa linear leaf
    8. electronics
      1. (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to inputlinear amplifier
      2. having components arranged in a line

    Derived Formslinearity (ˌlɪnɪˈærɪtɪ), nounlinearly, adverbWord Origin for linear C17: from Latin līneāris of or by means of lines Word Origin and History for linear adj.

    1640s, from French linéaire, from Latin linearis “belonging to a line,” from linea “string, line” (see line (n.)). Essentially the same word as lineal; “in Latin linearis the original suffix -alis was dissimilated to -aris, but in Late Latin this rule was no longer productive and the formation or re-formation in -alis remained unchanged.” [Barnhart]. Linear A and Linear B (1902-3) were names given to two related forms of linear Minoan writing discovered 1894-1901 in Crete by Sir Arthur Evans.

    linear in Medicine linear [lĭn′ē-ər] adj.

    1. Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.

    linear in Science linear [lĭn′ē-ər]

    1. Being or resembling a line.
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