linearin a sentence

a linear measurement
linear = relating to a line
 Frequently, there's a linear relationship between effort and results.
 Although the altar layout resembled that of a linear Christian chapel, the furnishings were stark and cold, bearing none of the traditional ornamentation.† (source)
 Normally, the simulation progresses in a linear fashion, isolating one faction by ruling out the rest.† (source)
 There below her was the same row of identical houses they had seen before, and beyond these the linear buildings of the city.† (source)
 These are described by what are called linear equations, and mathematicians can solve those equations easily.† (source)
 Next they'd be inventing idols, and funerals, and grave goods, and the afterlife, and sin, and Linear B, and kings, and then slavery and war.† (source)
 Or how about a linear accelerator, just a small one so I can split a few atoms?† (source)
 As Alaska zipped through something obvious about linear equations, stoner/baller Hank Walsten said, "Wait, wait.† (source)
 Her mind, freed of any linear order by encroaching sleep, floated past the first year at Stovington, past the steadily worsening times that had reached low ebb when her husband had broken Danny's arm, to that morning in the breakfast nook.† (source)
 Which is drawn linearly, long and narrow.† (source)
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 A powerful disturbance is moving through the flame, leaving a linear trail in the light, like a cosmic ray fired through a cloud chamber.† (source)
 Most children recognize the hypocrisy of emphasizing a linear, clean and desexed past while they confront daily the muddy, uncertain and hybrid truths.† (source)
 The Stanford Linear Accelerator 3Day ParticleSmashing Diet.† (source)
 He could read and write in twentytwo of them though there wasn't much chance to practice his Linear B, cuneiform or hieroglyphics these days.† (source)
 The experts have been telling me recovery is not always linear, but I'm a natural skeptic and, besides, Nathaniel is making progress.† (source)
 Maybe, in heaven, time isn't linear.† (source)
 At the foot of our street, Churchill Road, a linear green park and paved trail stretched for miles along the waterfront.† (source)
 If they were made by a ballpeen hammer you can see that, too—a ballpeen leaves behind a crescentshaped injury, a crowbar leaves, well, linear wounds with Vshaped ends.† (source)
 The Semites also had in common a linear view of history.† (source)
 'There's this belief,' he interrupted, 'that you can explain only the last moment in time, linearly'but that everything leading up to it might have come from any series of events.† (source)
 The light, as it grew, began to show the upper field, while the distant hedge and brook remained dark, linear shapes below.† (source)
 The second, even more intriguing implication of this, is that nicotine addiction isn't a linear phenomenon.† (source)
 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.† (source)
 Their eyes would follow a tree down—linear, linear, bump at the bottom.† (source)
 This means the horses on the outside have a faster linear speed than those at the hub.† (source)
 His fluid sense of time made pinning down the exact sequence of many events in this book almost impossible, as did interviewing the Balti people with whom he works, who have no tenses in their language and as little attachment to linear time as the man they call Dr. Greg.† (source)
 I kept the narrative linear.† (source)
 The firstdegree equation (the linear equation): 3x9 = 0 (root: x = 3) CHAPTER 1.† (source)
 Choppy, boxy, blind, and linear.† (source)
 The path of the bullet was all very linear and neat.† (source)
 1 was mad, really mad, as Zack shrunk his linear brown body down onto the sofa.† (source)
 At some indefinite passage in night's sonorous score, it also came to her that she would be safe. that something, perhaps only her linearly fading drunkenness, would protect her.† (source)
 There are those who see social/economic/ecological problems as malfunctions which can be corrected by simple repair, replacement, or streamlining, a kind of linear outlook where even innovations are considered to be merely additive.† (source)
 It had grown linear again, like a horse crossing a field.† (source)
 linear amplifier
 The book is written linearly, but the screenplay made heavy use of flashbacks.
 This is what Mollie Lowery was talking about when she warned me that recovery is not linear.† (source)
 You may possibly also remember that Alberto indicated Christianity's 'linear' view of history.† (source)
 Linearity is an artificial way of viewing the world.† (source)
 Shay looked at me as if I were the one who couldn't follow a linear conversation.† (source)
 About ten feet past that, on the same linear path, was the body of Matt Royston.† (source)
 " Ben shook his head, baffled by the linear simplicity of his younger brother's world.† (source)
 He was more influenced by the linear view of history as we meet it in the Old Testament: the idea that God needs all of history in order to realize his Kingdom of God.† (source)
 That's linear dynamics.† (source)
 And chaos theory teaches us," Malcolm said, "that straight linearity, which we have come to take for granted in everything from physics to fiction, simply does not exist.† (source)
 The lines of print, the alphabetic characters, the strokes of the shovel when I cleared a walk, the linear arrangement of words on a page, the shovel strokes, the rote exercises in school texts, the novels I read, the dictionaries I found in the tiny library, the nature and shape of books, the routine of shovel strokes in deep snow—this was how I began to build an individual.† (source)
 His 1958 paper on linear viral transformations opened broad new lines of scientific inquiry, particularly among the Pasteur Institute group in Paris, which subsequently won the Nobel Prize in 1966.† (source)
 Shay was standing at the front of his house now, preaching to his congregation, disconnected from linear thought and everything but his moment of grandstanding.† (source)
 With linear obstinacy they grew louder.† (source)
 The full sensitivity of the neuristor brain was not appreciated at first It was assumed that the operators were adding data in a linear fashion and that this would continue until a critical mass was achieved, corresponding to the construction of a model or picture of the world which would then serve as a point of departure for growth of the Hangman's own mind.† (source)
 In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.† (source)
 Besides all the other phenomena which the exterior of the Sperm Whale presents, he not seldom displays the back, and more especially his flanks, effaced in great part of the regular linear appearance, by reason of numerous rude scratches, altogether of an irregular, random aspect.† (source)

Turbulent events are described by nonlinear equations.†
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standard prefix: The prefix "non" in nonlinear means not and reverses the meaning of linear. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.
 Chaos theory describes nonlinear systems.† (source)
 "Because it is a nonlinear signature," Malcolm said.† (source)
 My head was swimming; I hoped it was Shay's nonlinear speech, and not a panic attack coming on.† (source)
 For another, they worked almost exclusively with nonlinear equations, in the emerging field called chaos theory.† (source)
 You know what a nonlinear equation is?† (source)
 That's nonlinear dynamics.† (source)
 From his own experiences in Vietnam and his reading of the German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz, Van Riper became convinced that war was inherently unpredictable and messy and nonlinear.† (source)
 From Roundwood reservoir in county Wicklow of a cubic capacity of 2400 million gallons, percolating through a subterranean aqueduct of filter mains of single and double pipeage constructed at an initial plant cost of 5 pounds per linear yard by way of the Dargle, Rathdown, Glen of the Downs and Callowhill to the 26 acre reservoir at Stillorgan, a distance of 22 statute miles, and thence, through a system of relieving tanks, by a gradient of 250 feet to the city boundary at Eustace…† (source)
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