linear
adjective Date: circa 1656 1. a. (1) of, relating to, resembling, or having a graph that is a line and especially a straight line ; straight (2) involving a single dimension b. (1) of the first degree with respect to one or more variables (2) of, relating to, based on, or being linear equations, linear differential equations, linear functions, linear transformations, or linear algebra c. (1) characterized by an emphasis on line <
linear art
>
(2) composed of simply drawn lines with little attempt at pictorial representation <
linear script
>
d. consisting of a straight chain of atoms 2. elongated with nearly parallel sides <
linear leaf
>
— see leaf illustration 3. having or being a response or output that is directly proportional to the input 4. of, relating to, or based or depending on sequential development <
linear thinking
>
<
a linear narrative
>
linearity nounlinearly adverb

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  • linear — lineár ( rectiliniu , mat.) adj. m. (sil. ne ar), pl. lineári; f. sg. lineáră, pl. lineáre Trimis de siveco, 06.10.2006. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  LINEÁR lineară (lineari, lineare) 1) (despre mişcare) Care se desfăşoară în linie dreaptă;… …   Dicționar Român

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  • linear — UK US /ˈlɪniər/ adjective ► involving a series of events or thoughts in which one follows another directly: »These mental exercises are designed to break linear thinking habits. ► direct and clear: »Is there a linear relationship between salaries …   Financial and business terms

  • linear — [lin′ē ər] adj. [L linearis] 1. of or relating to a line or lines 2. made of or using lines [linear design] 3. in relation to length only; extended in a line 4. designating or of a style of art in which forms are sharply delineated and line is… …   English World dictionary

  • Linear — Linear, sich auf Linien beziehend, durch Linien darstellbar. Linear heißt auch die Gleichung der geraden Linie und demgemäß jeder mathematische Ausdruck, der wie diese in den Veränderlichen vom ersten Grad ist; daher die Bezeichnungen: lineare… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • linear — ‘Trazar las líneas [de algo] o bosquejar[lo]’: «Este también es laboratorio para encontrar la curva del deseo, linear lo inaudito, lo selecto, lo que está detrás de lo aparente...» (GmzSerna Automoribundia [Esp. 1948]). Son incorrectas las formas …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

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  • Lineār — (lat.), auf gerade Linien bezüglich, durch solche darstellbar. In Verbindung mit Form, Gleichung etc. soviel wie vom ersten Grade. Lineargrößen heißen die Stücke einer geraden Linie (die Strecken). Lineare Konstruktion, eine solche, die mit dem… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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