Definitions (2)

1.Resembling a straight line; having only one dimension (length).
2.Equation which, when plotted on a graph, traces a straight line instead of a curve. See also linear function and linearity. Not to be confused with lineal.

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  • There is an almost linear relationship between people who smoke cigarettes and the occurrence of lung cancer, meaning there is probably a strong correlation between the two.

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  • When Dave examined the revenue reports of his new business, he was pleased to find that profits had been rising in a linear fashion.

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  • Make sure you line up the support beam linear to the other support beam next to the cornerstone. Or else the house will collapse.

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