Nonlinear meaning

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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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A system in which the output is not a uniform relationship to the input. Contrast with linear.
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(of a set of points) Not lying on a straight line.
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(chemistry, of a molecule) Whose atoms do not lie in 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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(of a system) Whose output is not directly proportional to its input.
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Erratic and unpredictable; tending to jump back and forth.

A film with a nonlinear plot.

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Origin of nonlinear

non- +"Ž linear