|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|
|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]|
linear lin·e·ar (lĭn'ē-ər)
Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.
|linear (lĭn'ē-ər) Pronunciation Key
Being or resembling a line.
nonlinearadj. [scientific computation]