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linear (adj.)

"resembling a line, of or pertaining to lines," 1640s, from French linéaire, from Latin linearis "belonging to a line," from linea "string, line" (see line (n.)). Essentially the same word as lineal; "in Latin linearis the original suffix -alis was changed to -aris by dissimilation, but in Late Latin this rule was no longer productive and the formation or re-formation in -alis remained unchanged." [Barnhart].

As "involving the use of lines" from 1840, hence Linear A, Linear B, names given (1902-3) to two related forms of linear Minoan writing discovered 1894-1901 in Crete by Sir Arthur Evans and long defying translation. It is used there in opposition to pictographic.

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Definitions of linear from WordNet

linear (adj.)
measured lengthwise;
Synonyms: running
linear (adj.)
designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree;
Synonyms: additive
linear (adj.)
of or in or along or relating to a line; involving or having a single dimension;
a linear measurement
Synonyms: one-dimensional
linear (adj.)
(of a leaf shape) long and narrow;
Synonyms: elongate
linear (adj.)
of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input;
linear amplifier
Synonyms: analogue / analog
From wordnet.princeton.edu