# 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

## Linear

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

## 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.

## 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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