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sca·lar

 (skā′lər, -lär′)
n.
1.
a. A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, that is completely specified by its magnitude and has no direction.
b. Mathematics A number, numerical quantity, or element in a field.
2. A device that yields an output equal to the input multiplied by a constant, as in a linear amplifier.
adj.
Of or relating to a scalar.

[Latin scālāris, of a ladder, from scālae, ladder; see scale2.]

scalar

(ˈskeɪlə)
n
1. (Mathematics) a quantity, such as time or temperature, that has magnitude but not direction. Compare vector1, tensor2, pseudoscalar, pseudovector
2. (Mathematics) maths an element of a field associated with a vector space
adj
(Mathematics) having magnitude but not direction
[C17 (meaning: resembling a ladder): from Latin scālāris, from scāla ladder]

sca•lar

(ˈskeɪ lər)

adj.
1. representable by position on a scale or line; having only magnitude: a scalar variable.
2. of, pertaining to, or utilizing a scalar.
3. ladderlike in arrangement or organization; graduated.
n.
4. a quantity possessing only magnitude. Compare vector (def. 1).
[1650–60; < Latin scālāris of a ladder. See scale3, -ar1]

sca·lar

(skā′lər)
A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, whose only property is magnitude; a number. Compare vector.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scalar - a variable quantity that cannot be resolved into components
variable quantity, variable - a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
Adj.1.scalar - of or relating to a musical scale; "he played some basic scalar patterns on his guitar"
2.scalar - of or relating to a directionless magnitude (such as mass or speed etc.) that is completely specified by its magnitude; "scalar quantity"
Translations

scalar

[ˈskeɪləʳ] (Math, Phys)
1. adjscalare
2. nscalare m
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It started us thinking 'could it be interesting to build a memory controller that could attach to the Intel processor to ease the scalar processor burden of having to deal with vector applications'," he said.
The Wildcat VPUs are the industry's first graphics processors that are programmable from high-order surfaces through to anti-aliased framebuffer pixels with highly efficient SIMD scalar processor arrays replacing hardwired logic and inflexible register-combiners at critical sections in a highly optimized graphics pipeline.
The Wildcat VPUs are the industry's first graphics processors that are programmable from high-order surfaces through to anti-aliased framebuffer pixels -- with highly efficient SIMD scalar processor arrays replacing hardwired logic and inflexible register-combiners at critical sections in a highly optimized graphics pipeline.