- The definition of linear is consisting of or using lines.
An example of linear is the length of a section of sidewalk.
This sidewalk is linear.
- of or relating to a line or lines
- made of or using lines: linear design
- in relation to length only; extended in a line
- designating or of a style of art in which forms are sharply delineated and line is emphasized over color, light and shadow, etc.
- having an effect or giving a response directly proportional to stimulus, force, or input: used esp. of electronic devices
- easy to comprehend because of being logical and not complex
- narrow and uniform in width, as the leaves of grasses
- Chem. having the basic structure of a straight chain
- Math. of or involving terms of a linear equation
Origin of linearClassical Latin linearis
- Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
- a. In, of, describing, described by, or related to a straight line.b. Having only one dimension.
- Characterized by, composed of, or emphasizing drawn lines rather than painterly effects.
- Botany Narrow and elongated with nearly parallel margins: a linear leaf.
Origin of linearLatin līneāris, from līnea, line; see line1.
(comparative more linear, superlative most linear)
- Having the form of a line; straight.
- Of or relating to lines.
- Made in a step-by-step, logical manner.
- (botany, of leaves) Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.
- (mathematics) Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form .
- (physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension (as opposed to area or volume).
From Latin linearis, from linea (“line”) + -aris (adjectival suffix).
- (astronomy) 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.
linear - Computer Definition
A constant progression or force. On a graph, a linear example is a straight line. Contrast with "exponential" or "geometric." For example, a linear set of numbers is 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, etc., each number a constant increase of "2." An exponential progression might be 1, 5, 11, 20, 32, 54, 85, etc., each element a larger difference than the previous one. A doubling is also exponential, such as 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc.