# linear

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## linear

**1.**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

**2.**

*Maths*of or relating to the first degree

**3.**

*Electronics*

**a.**(of a circuit, etc.) having an output that is directly proportional to input

**b.**having components arranged in a line

Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

## Linear

Forms that describe a line, are related to a line, or are defined by being arranged in a line.

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## linear

[′lin·ē·ər] (control systems)

Having an output that varies in direct proportion to the input.

(geology)

(science and technology)

Of or relating to a line.

Having a single dimension.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

## linear

A constant progression or force. On a graph, a linear example is a straight line. Contrast with "exponential" or "geometric," which are both nonlinear. For example, a linear set of numbers is**1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11**, etc., each number a constant increase of "2." An exponential progression might be

**1, 5, 11, 20, 32, 54, 85**, etc., each element a larger difference than the previous one. A doubling is also exponential, such as

**1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32**, etc.

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