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1. Not in a straight line.
a. Occurring as a result of an operation that is not linear.
b. Containing a variable with an exponent other than one. Used of an equation.
a. Of or relating to a system of equations whose effects are not proportional to their causes. Such a set of equations can be chaotic.
b. Of or relating to a device whose behavior is described by a set of nonlinear equations and whose output is not proportional to its input.
c. Of or relating to the output of such a device.
non·lin′e·ar′i·ty (-âr′ĭ-tē) n.
1. not of, in, along, or relating to a line
2. (Film) denoting digital editing in which edits are saved on computer, rather than videotape, thus enabling further edits to be made
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|Adj.||1.||nonlinear - designating or involving an equation whose terms are not of the first degree|
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement