scalar
I. adjective Etymology: Latin scalaris, from scalae stairs, ladder — more at scale Date: circa 1656 1. having an uninterrupted series of steps ; graduated <
scalar chain of authority
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scalar cells
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2. a. capable of being represented by a point on a scale <
scalar quantity
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b. of or relating to a scalar or scalar product <
scalar multiplication
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II. noun Date: 1846 1. a real number rather than a vector 2. a quantity (as mass or time) that has a magnitude describable by a real number and no direction

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