Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “linear”

linear

adjective uk   /ˈlɪn.i.ər/ us    //

linear adjective (LINES)

consisting of or to do with lines: a linear diagramPatterns and shapes

linear adjective (LENGTH)

[before noun] relating to length, rather than area or volume: linear measurementMeasurements of length and distanceMeasurements in general

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.Order and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive describes a relationship between two things that is direct or clear: Is there a linear relationship between salaries and productivity?Apparent and obviousVisible
(Definition of linear from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of linear?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “linear” in other dictionaries

Translations of “linear”

Word of the Day

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More