Linear meaning

lĭnē-ər
Made of or using lines.

Linear design.

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Of or relating to a line or lines.
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Narrow and uniform in width, as the leaves of grasses.
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(chem.) Having the basic structure of a straight chain.
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(math.) Of or involving terms of a linear equation.
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Relating to or resembling a line; straight.
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Characterized by, composed of, or emphasizing drawn lines rather than painterly effects.
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(botany) Narrow and elongated with nearly parallel margins.

A linear leaf.

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Having an effect or giving a response directly proportional to stimulus, force, or input.
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Designating or of a style of art in which forms are sharply delineated and line is emphasized over color, light and shadow, etc.
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Characterized by, composed of, or emphasizing drawn lines rather than painterly effects.
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(botany) Narrow and elongated with nearly parallel margins.

A linear leaf.

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Being or resembling a line.
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A constant progression or force. On a graph, a linear example is a straight line. Contrast with "exponential" or "geometric," which are both nonlinear. 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.
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(astronomy) Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program.
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(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.
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The definition of linear is consisting of or using lines.

An example of linear is the length of a section of sidewalk.

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Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
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In relation to length only; extended in a line.
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Origin of linear

  • Latin līneāris from līnea line line1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition