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Definition relating to a line
The exact meaning of linear can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "linear foot" — measured along a straight line (in one dimension)
  • "linear arrangement" — placed along a straight line
  • "linear thinking" — in a clear, straightforward sequence
  • "linear programming" — describing a proportional relationship that can be graphed with a straight line (described mathematically as an equation whose terms are of the first degree)
  • a linear measurement
linear = relating to a line
  • Frequently, there's a linear relationship between effort and results.
  • The book is written linearly, but the screenplay made heavy use of flashbacks.
  • linear amplifier
  • It had grown linear again, like a horse crossing a field.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A powerful disturbance is moving through the flame, leaving a linear trail in the light, like a cosmic ray fired through a cloud chamber.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • There below her was the same row of identical houses they had seen before, and beyond these the linear buildings of the city.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The second, even more intriguing implication of this, is that nicotine addiction isn't a linear phenomenon.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Or how about a linear accelerator, just a small one so I can split a few atoms?
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • The path of the bullet was all very linear and neat.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Maybe, in heaven, time isn't linear.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • The experts have been telling me recovery is not always linear, but I'm a natural skeptic and, besides, Nathaniel is making progress.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • He was linear, solemn, and had a pensive air and the sadness of a Saracen and a mournful glow on his face that was the color of autumn.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • 1 was mad, really mad, as Zack shrunk his linear brown body down onto the sofa.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Which is drawn linearly, long and narrow.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The Stanford Linear Accelerator 3-Day Particle-Smashing Diet.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He could read and write in twenty-two of them though there wasn't much chance to practice his Linear B, cuneiform or hieroglyphics these days.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Although the altar layout resembled that of a linear Christian chapel, the furnishings were stark and cold, bearing none of the traditional ornamentation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Shay looked at me as if I were the one who couldn't follow a linear conversation.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart

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