Meaning of LINEAR in English

adj.1 a of or in lines; in lines rather than masses (linear development). b of length (linear extent).

2 long and narrow and of uniform breadth.

3 involving one dimension only.

Phrases and idioms:

linear accelerator Physics an accelerator in which particles travel in straight lines, not in closed orbits. Linear B a form of Bronze Age writing found in Crete and parts of Greece and recording a form of Mycenaean Greek: an earlier undeciphered form (Linear A) also exists. linear equation an equation between two variables that gives a straight line when plotted on a graph. linear motor a motor producing straight-line (not rotary) motion by means of a magnetic field.


linearity n. linearize (also -ise). linearly adv.

Etymology: L linearis f. linea LINE(1)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.