linear (ˈlɪnɪə) | |
—adj | |
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. | Compare painterly 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 |
6. | maths of or relating to the first degree: a linear equation |
7. | narrow and having parallel edges: a linear leaf |
8. | 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 | |
'linearly | |
—adv |