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## Definition

relating to a line

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*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)

- 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...Episode 17 — Ithaca (7% in)

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