Definition of “linear” - English Dictionary

“linear” in British English

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linearadjective

uk /ˈlɪn.i.ər/ us /ˈlɪn.i.ɚ/

(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 carpet costs $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:

linear adjective (LONG MARK)

[ not gradable ] consisting of or related to straight lines:

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 /ˈlɪniər/ us

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)