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lin·e·ar /ˈlɪniɚ/

線性(a.)線的,直線的,線狀的

lin·ear /ˈlɪnɪɚ/ 形容詞

直線的線的,線性的,一次的

From: Network Terminology

linear

線性

Lin·e·ar a.

1. Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal.

2. Bot. Like a line; narrow; of the same breadth throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf.

*Linear thinkers concluded that by taking the world apart, the actions of people were more predictable and controllable.* --*David Morris (Conference presentation, Fairfield University, October 31, 1997)*

**Linear differential equation** Math., an equation which is of the first degree, when the expression which is equated to zero is regarded as a function of the dependent variable and its differential coefficients.

**Linear equation** Math., an equation of the first degree between two variables; -- so called because every such equation may be considered as representing a right line.

**Linear measure**, the measurement of length.

**Linear numbers** Math., such numbers as have relation to length only: such is a number which represents one side of a plane figure. If the plane figure is square, the linear figure is called a __root__.

**Linear problem** Geom., a problem which may be solved geometrically by the use of right lines alone.

**Linear transformation** Alg., a change of variables where each variable is replaced by a function of the first degree in the new variable.

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

linear

adj 1: designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the

first degree [syn: additive] [ant: nonlinear]

2: of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single

dimension; "a linear foot" [syn: one-dimensional] [ant:

planar, cubic]

3: of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional

to the input; "analogue device"; "linear amplifier" [syn:

analogue, analog] [ant: digital]

4: of a leaf shape; long and narrow [syn: elongate]

5: measured lengthwise; "cost of lumber per running foot" [syn:

running(a)]