Definition of linear adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    linear

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    NAmE//ˈlɪniər//
     
     
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  1. 1of or in lines In his art he broke the laws of scientific linear perspective.
  2. 2 going from one thing to another in a single series of stages Students do not always progress in a linear fashion. The author abandons the conventions of linear narrative and normal chronology. opposite nonlinear
  3. 3 of length linear measurement (= for example feet, inches, etc.)
  4. 4(mathematics) able to be represented by a straight line on a graph linear equations
NAmE//ˌlɪniˈærət̮i//
 
noun [uncountable] She abandoned the linearity of the conventional novel.
NAmE//ˈlɪniərli//
 
adverb
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