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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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