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LINEAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does linear mean? 

LINEAR (adjective)
  The adjective LINEAR has 5 senses:

1. designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree
2. of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension
3. of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input
4. of a leaf shape; long and narrow
5. measured lengthwise

  Familiarity information: LINEAR used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


LINEAR (adjective)


Sense 1linear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

Synonyms:

linear; additive

Similar:

bilinear (linear with respect to each of two variables or positions)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Antonym:

nonlinear (designating or involving an equation whose terms are not of the first degree)


Sense 2linear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension

Synonyms:

linear; one-dimensional

Context example:

a linear measurement

Similar:

collinear (lying on the same line)

lineal (arranged in a line)

linelike (resembling a line)

rectilineal; rectilinear (characterized by a straight line or lines)

Antonym:

cubic (having three dimensions)

planar (involving two dimensions)


Sense 3linear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input

Synonyms:

analog; analogue; linear

Context examples:

analogue device / linear amplifier

Domain category:

electronics (the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices)


Sense 4linear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a leaf shape; long and narrow

Synonyms:

elongate; linear

Similar:

simple; unsubdivided ((botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions)


Sense 5linear [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Measured lengthwise

Synonyms:

linear; running

Context example:

cost of lumber per running foot

Similar:

lengthways; lengthwise (running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing)


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