adjective
- Not in a straight line.
- Mathematics a. Occurring as a result of an operation that is not linear.b. Containing a variable with an exponent other than one. Used of an equation.
- a. Of or relating to a system of equations whose effects are not proportional to their causes. Such a set of equations can be chaotic.b. Of or relating to a device whose behavior is described by a set of nonlinear equations and whose output is not proportional to its input.c. Of or relating to the output of such a device.
Related Forms:
- non·lin′e·ar′i·ty
noun