Made in a step-by-step, logical manner. (adjective)
Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides. (adjective)
Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form . (adjective)
A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension (as opposed to area or volume). (adjective)
Examples of word linear
"The term linear just means that each output bit of the mixing function is the XOR of several of the input bits.",
If you think in linear algebra terms, the linear system is the addition operator, and the non-linear system is the multiplier (cross product in this case):
Anthropologists get bound up in linear social progression to such an extent that knob-gourds are interpreted as meaning/representing all sorts of crazy things, when in reality they just make the wearer feel, you know, sexy.
Add into the mix the fact that the story is not told in linear time the first half of the book is working backwards into history, while the second half works forwards into the future and you start to see the complexity of writing like this.
Astronomers really do measure the moisture content of the atmosphere in linear units (though not in hairs), because what they care about is the total amount of water above the telescope, not the humidity (and certainly not the relative humidity).