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Meaning of “linear” in the English Dictionary

"linear" in British English

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linearadjective

uk   /ˈlɪn.i.ər/  us   //
  • linear adjective (CONNECTION)

involving a ​series of ​events or ​thoughts in which one ​follows another one ​directly: These ​mentalexercises are ​designed to ​break linear ​thinkinghabits and ​encouragecreativity. The ​movie has a non-linear ​plot. A linear ​relationship between two things is ​direct or ​clear: Is there a linear ​relationship between ​salaries and ​productivity?
(Definition of linear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"linear" in American English

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linearadjective

 us   /ˈlɪn·i·ər/
  • linear adjective (LENGTH)

[not gradable] relating to ​length, ​rather than ​area or ​volume: This ​carpetcosts $12 ​per linear ​foot.
  • linear adjective (REASONABLE)

(esp. of ​stories or ​ideas) ​continuing in a ​clear and ​reasonable way from one ​part to the next: The ​bookoffersexcitement, linear ​plotdevelopment, and ​dramaticdescriptions.
  • linear adjective (LONG MARK)

[not gradable] consisting of or ​related to ​straightlines: The ​garden has very linear ​paths.
(Definition of linear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"linear" in Business English

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linearadjective

uk   us   /ˈlɪniər/
involving a ​series of ​events or thoughts in which one ​follows another directly: These mental ​exercises are ​designed to ​break linear ​thinking habits.
direct and ​clear: Is there a linear ​relationship between ​salaries and ​productivity?
(Definition of linear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “linear”
in Chinese (Simplified) 线, 线的,直线的,线性的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 線, 線的,直線的,線性的…
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