# linear

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## lin·e·ar

(lĭn′ē-ər)
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
2.
a. In, of, describing, described by, or related to a straight line.
b. Having only one dimension.
3. Characterized by, composed of, or emphasizing drawn lines rather than painterly effects.
4. Botany Narrow and elongated with nearly parallel margins: a linear leaf.

[Latin līneāris, from līnea, line; see line1.]

lin′e·ar′i·ty (-âr′ĭ-tē) n.

## linear

(ˈlɪnɪə)
1. of, in, along, or relating to a line
2. of or relating to length
3. resembling, represented by, or consisting of a line or lines
4. having one dimension
5. (Art Terms) designating a style in the arts, esp painting, that obtains its effects through line rather than colour or light and in which the edges of forms and planes are sharply defined. Compare painterly
6. (Mathematics) maths of or relating to the first degree: a linear equation.
7. narrow and having parallel edges: a linear leaf.
8. (Electronics) electronics
a. (of a circuit, etc) having an output that is directly proportional to input: linear amplifier.
b. having components arranged in a line
[C17: from Latin līneāris of or by means of lines]
linearity n

## lin•e•ar

(ˈlɪn i ər)

1. of, consisting of, or using lines: linear design.
2. pertaining to or represented by lines: linear dimensions.
3. extended or arranged in a line: a linear series.
4. involving measurement in one dimension only.
5. of or pertaining to the characteristics of a work of art defined chiefly in terms of line.
6. having the form of or resembling a line: linear nebulae.
7. Math.
a. consisting of, involving, or describable by terms of the first degree.
b. having the same effect on a sum as on each of the summands: a linear operation.
8. narrow and elongated.
[1635–45; < Latin līneāris; see line1, -ar1]
lin`e•ar′i•ty, n.

## lin·e·ar

(lĭn′ē-ər)
Of or resembling a line. ♦ A linear equation is an algebraic equation, such as y = 4x + 3, in which the variables are of the first degree (that is, raised only to the first power). The graph of such an equation is a straight line.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Adj. 1 linear - designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degreeadditivemath, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangementnonlinear - designating or involving an equation whose terms are not of the first degree 2 linear - of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension; "a linear measurement"one-dimensionalcubic, three-dimensional - having three dimensionsplanar, two-dimensional - involving two dimensions 3 linear - of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input; "analogue device"; "linear amplifier"electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices 4 linear - (of a leaf shape) long and narrowelongateunsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions 5 linear - measured lengthwise; "cost of lumber per running foot"runninglengthways, lengthwise - running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing; "the lengthwise dimension"
Translations
خَطّي
lineární
lineær
johdonmukainenlineaarinensuoraviivainentasasoukka
línulegur
lineárny
lineärlinjär
çizgiseldoğrusal

## linear

[ˈlɪnɪəʳ] ADJ [design] → lineal; [measure] → de longitud

## linear

[process, development, view] → linéaire
[design, shape] → linéaire

## linear

(Math, Phys) → linear; motion; linear foot/metreLängenfuß m/-meter m or nt
(form: = sequential) sequence, narrative, thinkinglinear; timelinear fortlaufend; vieweindimensional

## linear

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linear accelerator
Linear B
n (Ling) → f
linear equation
linear measure
nLängenmaß nt
linear perspective
nLinearperspektive f

## line1

(lain) noun
1. (a piece of) thread, cord, rope etc. She hung the washing on the line; a fishing-rod and line.
2. a long, narrow mark, streak or stripe. She drew straight lines across the page; a dotted/wavy line.
3. outline or shape especially relating to length or direction. The ship had very graceful lines; A dancer uses a mirror to improve his line.
4. a groove on the skin; a wrinkle.
5. a row or group of objects or persons arranged side by side or one behind the other. The children stood in a line; a line of trees.
6. a short letter. I'll drop him a line.
7. a series or group of persons which come one after the other especially in the same family. a line of kings.
8. a track or direction. He pointed out the line of the new road; a new line of research.
9. the railway or a single track of the railway. Passengers must cross the line by the bridge only.
10. a continuous system (especially of pipes, electrical or telephone cables etc) connecting one place with another. a pipeline; a line of communication; All (telephone) lines are engaged.
11. a row of written or printed words. The letter contained only three lines; a poem of sixteen lines.
12. a regular service of ships, aircraft etc. a shipping line.
13. a group or class (of goods for sale) or a field of activity, interest etc. This has been a very popular new line; Computers are not really my line.
14. an arrangement of troops, especially when ready to fight. fighting in the front line.
verb
1. to form lines along. Crowds lined the pavement to see the Queen.
2. to mark with lines.
lineage (ˈliniidʒ) noun
ancestry.
of, consisting of or like a line or lines.
having lines. lined paper; a lined face.
ˈliner noun
a ship or aircraft of a regular line or company. They sailed to America in a large liner.
lines noun plural
the words an actor has to say. He had difficulty remembering his lines.
ˈlinesman (ˈlainz-) noun
in sport, a judge or umpire at a boundary line.
hard lines!
in line for
likely to get or to be given something. He is in line for promotion.
in/out of line with
in or out of agreement with. His views are out of line with those of his colleagues.
line up
1. to form a line. The children lined up ready to leave the classroom; She lined up the chairs.
2. to collect and arrange in readiness. We've lined up several interesting guests to appear on the programme (noun ˈline-up).
to understand something (from a piece of writing etc) which is not actually stated.

## lin·e·ar

a. lineal, semejante a una línea.
References in classic literature ?
As to the 52-foot linear raters, praised so much by the writer, I am warmed up by his approval of their performances; but, as far as any clear conception goes, the descriptive phrase, so precise to the comprehension of a yachtsman, evokes no definite image in my mind.
I am disposed to admire and respect the 52-foot linear raters on the word of a man who regrets in such a sympathetic and understanding spirit the threatened decay of yachting seamanship.
In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.
1]On Barsoom the AD is the basis of linear measurement.
If a branching diagram had not been used, and only the names of the groups had been written in a linear series, it would have been still less possible to have given a natural arrangement; and it is notoriously not possible to represent in a series, on a flat surface, the affinities which we discover in nature amongst the beings of the same group.
But on no other hypothesis can I understand their linear grouping.