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English definition of “linear”

linear

adjective uk   /ˈlɪn.i.ər/ us    //

linear adjective (LINES)

consisting of or to do with lines: a linear diagram

linear adjective (LENGTH)

[before noun] relating to length, rather than area or volume: linear measurement

linear adjective (CONNECTION)

involving a series of events or thoughts in which one follows another one directly: These mental exercises are designed to break linear thinking habits and encourage creativity. The movie has a non-linear plot. describes a relationship between two things that is direct or clear: Is there a linear relationship between salaries and productivity?
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