# Nonlinear meaning

Not in a straight line.

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Occurring as a result of an operation that is not linear.

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Containing a variable with an exponent other than one. Used of an equation.

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Of or relating to a system of equations whose effects are not proportional to their causes. Such a set of equations can be chaotic.

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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.

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Of or relating to the output of such a device.

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(of a set of points) Not lying on a straight line.

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(mathematics, of a function) Having a product of independent variables, or a variable with an exponent not equal to one.

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### Origin of nonlinear

*non-*+"Ž linear