What is linear?

  • (adj): Designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree.
    Synonyms: additive
    See also — Additional definitions below


Linear is one of the five categories proposed by Swiss art historian Heinrich Wölfflin to distinguish "Classic", or Renaissance art, from the Baroque. According to Wölfflin, painters of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries (Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael or Albrecht Dürer) are more linear than "painterly" Baroque painters of the seventeenth century (Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velázquez) because they primarily use outline to create shape. Linearity in art can also be referenced in digital art. For example, hypertext fiction can be an example of nonlinear narrative, but there are also websites designed to go in a specified, organized manner, following a linear path.

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Some articles on linear:

Linear Functional - Examples and Applications - Integration
... Linear functionals first appeared in functional analysis, the study of vector spaces of functions ... A typical example of a linear functional is integration the linear transformation defined by the Riemann integral is a linear functional from the vector space C of ...
Formula One Car - Performance
... Acceleration is not just linear forward acceleration, but three types of acceleration can be considered for an F1 car's, and all cars' in general, performance Linear ...
Partial Fraction - Over The Reals - General Result
... The terms (x - ai) are the linear factors of q(x) which correspond to real roots of q(x), and the terms (xi2 + bix + ci) are the irreducible quadratic factors of q(x) which correspond to pairs of complex conjugate ... left-hand side is simply p(x) and whose right-hand side has coefficients which are linear expressions of the constants Air, Bir, and Cir ... In this way, a system of linear equations is obtained which always has a unique solution ...
Visualizing Linear Functionals
... In finite dimensions, a linear functional can be visualized in terms of its level sets ... In three dimensions, the level sets of a linear functional are a family of mutually parallel planes in higher dimensions, they are parallel hyperplanes ... This method of visualizing linear functionals is sometimes introduced in general relativity texts, such as Gravitation by Misner, Thorne Wheeler (1973) ...
... A gyrator is a passive, linear, lossless, two-port electrical network element proposed in 1948 by Bernard D ... Tellegen as a hypothetical fifth linear element after the resistor, capacitor, inductor and ideal transformer ... Although the gyrator was conceived as a fifth linear element, its adoption makes both the ideal transformer and either the capacitor or inductor redundant ...

More definitions of "linear":

  • (adj): Measured lengthwise.
    Synonyms: running
  • (adj): Of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension.
    Example: "A linear foot"
    Synonyms: one-dimensional
  • (adj): Of a leaf shape; long and narrow.
    Synonyms: elongate
  • (adj): Of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input.
    Example: "Linear amplifier"
    Synonyms: analogue, analog