Definition of linear adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪniə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪniər//
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  1. 1of or in lines In his art he broke the laws of scientific linear perspective.
  2. 2going 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 non-linear
  3. 3of length linear measurement (= for example metres, feet, etc.)
  4. 4 (mathematics) able to be represented by a straight line on a graph linear equations
  5. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin linearis, from linea ‘a line’.
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