Meaning of SCALAR in English

I. ˈskālə(r) adjective

Etymology: Latin scalaris of a ladder or staircase, from scalae stairs, ladder — more at scale

1. : arranged like a ladder : having an uninterrupted series of steps : graduated , scalariform

scalar chain of authority in business organization

scalar cells


[probably from scale (VI) + -ar ]

: discribable by a number that can be represented by a point on a scale

a scalar quantity

II. noun

( -s )


a. : an undirected quantity in vector analysis and quaternions : a quantity fully described by a number — distinguished from vector

b. : a scalar number

2. : a quantity (as mass or time) that has magnitude but does not involve any concept of direction — compare vector 1b

III. adjective

: of or relating to a scalar or scalar product

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