[skey-ler]
/ˈskeɪ lər/

1.

representable by position on a scale or line; having only magnitude:

a scalar variable.

2.

of, relating to, or utilizing a scalar.

3.

ladderlike in arrangement or organization; graduated:

a scalar structure for promoting personnel.

4.

Mathematics, Physics. a quantity possessing only magnitude.

Compare vector (def 1a).

British Dictionary definitions for scalar

/ˈskeɪlə/

noun

1.

a quantity, such as time or temperature, that has magnitude but not direction Compare vector (sense 1), tensor (sense 2), pseudoscalar, pseudovector

2.

(maths) an element of a field associated with a vector space

adjective

3.

having magnitude but not direction

Word Origin

C17 (meaning: resembling a ladder): from Latin scālāris, from scāla ladder

Word Origin and History for scalar

adj.

"resembling a ladder," 1650s, from Latin scalaris "of or pertaining to a ladder," from scalae (plural) "ladder, steps, flight of steps" (see scale (n.2)). Mathematical sense first recorded 1846.

scalar in Science

scalar (skā'lər) A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, whose only property is magnitude; a number. Compare vector. |

scalar in Technology

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2.

See also superscalar.

3.

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