
Definition of Linear
1. Adjective. Designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree.
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Similar to: Bilinear
Derivative terms: Add, Add, Linearity
Antonyms: Nonlinear
2. Adjective. Of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension. "A linear measurement"
Similar to: Collinear, Lineal, Linelike, Rectilineal, Rectilinear
Antonyms: Cubic, Planar
3. Adjective. Of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input. "Linear amplifier"
4. Adjective. (of a leaf shape) long and narrow.
5. Adjective. Measured lengthwise. "Cost of lumber per running foot"
Definition of Linear
1. a. Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal.
Definition of Linear
1. Acronym. (astronomy) Lincoln NearEarth Asteroid Research program. ¹
2. Proper noun. (astronomy) A comet, cataloged as “C/1999 S4”, discovered on September 27, 1999, by the Lincoln NearEarth Asteroid Research program in New Mexico. (See [ Sometimes spelled ''LINEAR''. ¹
3. Adjective. Having the form of a line; straight. ¹
4. Adjective. Of or relating to lines. ¹
5. Adjective. Made in a stepbystep, logical manner. ¹
6. Adjective. (botany of leaves) Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides. ¹
7. Adjective. (mathematics) Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form $y\; =\; ax\; +\; b$. ¹
8. Adjective. (physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension (qualifier as opposed to area or volume). ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Linear
1. of or resembling a straight line [adj] : LINEARLY [adv]
Medical Definition of Linear
1. Pertaining to or resembling a line. Origin: L. Linearis This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Linear
Literary usage of Linear
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1904)
"linear ELECTRIC CURRENTS. On Systems of linear Conductors. 273.] ANT conductor
may be treated as a linear conductor if it is arranged so that the current ..."
2. The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series by Ernest William Hobson (1907)
"THE REPRESENTATION OF A SQUARE ON A linear INTERVAL. 246. Let a point of a square
whose side is unity be denoted by (x, y\ where 0 & x &\, 0 & y &l; ..."
3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"RD Carmichael: "linear difference equations and their analytic solutions. ...
Arthur Ranum: "On the classification of systems of linear equations. ..."
4. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1902)
"A Theorem on Curves in a linear Complex. By JH GRACE, MA, Peterhouse. ... When all
the tangents of a twisted curve belong to the same linear complex, ..."
5. Differential and Integral Calculus by Clyde Elton Love (1916)
"We have already (§ 203) defined the linear equation of the first order as an ...
The homogeneous linear equation. A linear differential equation whose ..."
6. The Mathematical Theory of Electricity and Magnetism by James Hopwood Jeans (1908)
"STEADY CURRENTS IN linear CONDUCTORS. PHYSICAL PRINCIPLES. 338. IF two conductors
charged with electricity to different potentials are connected by a ..."