Linear measure
Linear Lin"e*ar (l[i^]n"[-e]*[~e]r), a. [L. linearis, linearius, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin['e]aire. See 3d {Line}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Like a line; narrow; of the same breadth throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf. [1913 Webster]

3. Thinking in a step-by-step analytical and logical fashion; contrasted with {holistic}, i.e. thinking in terms of complex interrelated patterns; as, linear thinkers. [PJC]

Linear thinkers concluded that by taking the world apart, the actions of people were more predictable and controllable. --David Morris (Conference presentation, Fairfield University, October 31, 1997)

{Linear differential equation} (Math.), an equation which is of the first degree, when the expression which is equated to zero is regarded as a function of the dependent variable and its differential coefficients.

{Linear equation} (Math.), an equation of the first degree between two variables; -- so called because every such equation may be considered as representing a right line.

{Linear measure}, the measurement of length.

{Linear numbers} (Math.), such numbers as have relation to length only: such is a number which represents one side of a plane figure. If the plane figure is square, the linear figure is called a root.

{Linear problem} (Geom.), a problem which may be solved geometrically by the use of right lines alone.

{Linear transformation} (Alg.), a change of variables where each variable is replaced by a function of the first degree in the new variable. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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• linear measure — measure meas ure (m[e^]zh [ u]r; 135), n. [OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me tron, E. meter. Cf. {Immense}, {Mensuration}, {Mete} to measure.] 1. A standard of dimension; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• linear measure — n. 1. measurement of length, as distinguished from volume, weight, etc. 2. a system of measuring length, in which 12 inches = 1 foot or one in which 100 centimeters = 1 meter: see the table of weights and measures in the Reference Supplement …   English World dictionary

• linear measure — noun a unit of measurement of length • Syn: ↑linear unit • Hypernyms: ↑unit of measurement, ↑unit • Hyponyms: ↑long measure, ↑astronomy unit, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

• linear measure — Lineal Lin e*al (l[i^]n [ e]*al), a. [L. linealis belonging to a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin[ e]al. See 3d {Line}.] 1. Descending in a direct line from an ancestor; hereditary; derived from ancestors; opposed to {collateral}; as, a lineal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• linear measure — ilgio matas statusas T sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Kūnas ar įtaisas, kuriuo atkuriamas tam tikros vertės ilgis. atitikmenys: angl. linear measure; measure of length vok. Längenmaß, n; Streckenmaß, n rus. мера длины, f pranc.… …   Penkiakalbis aiškinamasis metrologijos terminų žodynas

• linear measure — ilgio matas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. linear measure; measure of length vok. Längenmaß, n; Streckenmaß, n rus. мера длины, f pranc. mesure de longueur, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

• linear measure — 1. any system for measuring length. 2. any unit used in linear measurement, as the inch, foot, meter, etc. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

• linear measure — noun Date: circa 1890 1. a measure of length 2. a system of measures of length …   New Collegiate Dictionary

• Linear measure — Линейная мера; мера длины …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

• linear measure — measurement of length …   English contemporary dictionary