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4 definitions found
 for linear
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  left-brained \left"-brained`\, a.
     Exhibiting intellectual or personality characteristics
     suggesting dominance of linguistic or logical modes of
     thought, which are usually controlled by the left cerebral
     hemisphere; as, left-brained pedants unable to appreciate
     music; also referred to as linear. See linear[3].
     Contrasted with right-brained.
     [PJC] left field

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Linear \Lin"e*ar\ (l[i^]n"[-e]*[~e]r), a. [L. linearis,
     linearius, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin['e]aire. See 3d
     Line.]
     1. Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a
        straight direction; lineal.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.) Like a line; narrow; of the same breadth
        throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Thinking in a step-by-step analytical and logical fashion;
        contrasted with holistic, i.e. thinking in terms of
        complex interrelated patterns; as, linear thinkers.
        [PJC]
  
              Linear thinkers concluded that by taking the world
              apart, the actions of people were more predictable
              and controllable.                     --David Morris
                                                    (Conference
                                                    presentation,
                                                    Fairfield
                                                    University,
                                                    October 31,
                                                    1997)
  
     Linear differential equation (Math.), an equation which is
        of the first degree, when the expression which is equated
        to zero is regarded as a function of the dependent
        variable and its differential coefficients.
  
     Linear equation (Math.), an equation of the first degree
        between two variables; -- so called because every such
        equation may be considered as representing a right line.
        
  
     Linear measure, the measurement of length.
  
     Linear numbers (Math.), such numbers as have relation to
        length only: such is a number which represents one side of
        a plane figure. If the plane figure is square, the linear
        figure is called a root.
  
     Linear problem (Geom.), a problem which may be solved
        geometrically by the use of right lines alone.
  
     Linear transformation (Alg.), a change of variables where
        each variable is replaced by a function of the first
        degree in the new variable.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  linear
      adj 1: designating or involving an equation whose terms are of
             the first degree [syn: linear, additive] [ant:
             nonlinear]
      2: of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single
         dimension; "a linear measurement" [syn: linear, one-
         dimensional] [ant: cubic, planar, three-dimensional,
         two-dimensional]
      3: of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional
         to the input; "analogue device"; "linear amplifier" [syn:
         analogue, analog, linear] [ant: digital]
      4: (of a leaf shape) long and narrow [syn: linear, elongate]
      5: measured lengthwise; "cost of lumber per running foot" [syn:
         linear, running(a)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  50 Moby Thesaurus words for "linear":
     Plimsoll line, Plimsoll mark, arrowlike, catenary, consecutive,
     dead straight, direct, even, flat, high-water mark, horizontal,
     in a line, level, lineal, load waterline, ordinal, progressive,
     rectilineal, rectilinear, right, ruler-straight, sequent,
     sequential, serial, seriate, smooth, straight, straight-cut,
     straight-front, straight-side, streamlined, successional,
     successive, tidemark, true, unbending, unbent, unbowed, unbroken,
     uncurved, undeflected, undeviating, undistorted, uninterrupted,
     unswerving, unturned, upright, vertical, waterline, watermark
  
  

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