Definition of "linear" []

  • Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight. (adjective)
  • In, of, describing, described by, or related to a straight line. (adjective)
  • Having only one dimension. (adjective)
  • Characterized by, composed of, or emphasizing drawn lines rather than painterly effects. (adjective)
  • Botany Narrow and elongated with nearly parallel margins: a linear leaf. (adjective)
  • Of, in, along, or relating to a line (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of or relating to length (adjective)
  • Resembling, represented by, or consisting of a line or lines (adjective)
  • Having one dimension (adjective)
  • Designating a style in the arts, esp painting, that obtains its effects through line rather than colour or light and in which the edges of forms and planes are sharply defined (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the first degree (adjective)
  • Narrow and having parallel edges (adjective)
  • (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to input (adjective)
  • Having components arranged in a line (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "linear" in a sentence
  • ""The term linear just means that each output bit of the mixing function is the XOR of several of the input bits.","
  • "If you think in linear algebra terms, the linear system is the addition operator, and the non-linear system is the multiplier (cross product in this case):"
  • "Anthropologists get bound up in linear social progression to such an extent that knob-gourds are interpreted as meaning/representing all sorts of crazy things, when in reality they just make the wearer feel, you know, sexy."