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‘the house is a longish structure with rooms linearly arranged’
‘Dr Wotowic explained that most people view the world linearly and horizontally and that 90% of surgery is linear.’
‘The traps were set out linearly with an interdistance of about 4m.’
‘Laid out linearly, the airport terminal is easy to navigate without the need for complex signage.’
‘Reminiscent of the tarot, the cards can be read linearly in any direction.’
‘The road between London and Bath was typical of a main route formed linearly.’
‘Within each block, five 1.2 X 1.5m plots were arranged linearly at 1.5m spacing.’
‘In plan, the house is designed linearly, taking advantage of the views from every room.’
‘Each color represents a separate, adjacent neuron, typically arranged linearly.’
‘The two rooms are set out linearly.’
‘The desired outcome was based on the surgeon's ability to manipulate a cryolathe, which is an instrument designed to incise tissue linearly.’
‘Streets were laid out linearly, with intersections at right angles.’
1.1Using lines or outlines.
‘a linearly designed blow-moulder’
‘The edge of any form is described as a line; therefore, an object with many edges can be drawn linearly.’
1.2In a way that involves one dimension only.
‘a linearly elastic material’
‘The tendon pulled out linearly, along the fiber orientation.’
‘These results show that the structure is unsafe and uneconomic when designed linearly without considering cracking.’
‘Pushrods or tubes fitted to the followers also move linearly.’
‘Women's cholesterol rises more or less linearly through their adult life.’
‘The print engine is designed linearly, with paper running from front to back under the four print drums.’
1.3Mathematics In a way that can be represented by a straight line on a graph.
‘the distribution (when plotted linearly) is broad and asymmetric’
‘The steps outlined in the streaming process can be presented linearly.’
‘The curve for c(A) and the equilibrium price path p = π(A) for simplicity are drawn linearly, although this will, generally, not be the case.’
‘A supply chain is typically drawn linearly to show product movement from left to right.’
‘To display a time-varying signal on the CRT screen, the spot needs to move linearly along the X-axis as a function of time.’
‘As the price of solar cells decreases linearly the demand for solar cells increases by orders of magnitude.’
‘While revenues for Internet companies can grow exponentially, operating costs tend to grow linearly.’
1.4Mathematics In a way that involves or exhibits directly proportional change in two related quantities.
‘side effects increase linearly with dosage’
‘growth rate is linearly related to temperature’
‘The incidence rate of type 1 diabetes increased almost linearly with birth weight.’
‘Increasing birth weight was independently and linearly associated with increasing prevalence of obesity at age 7.’
‘Blood pressure and number of patients with hypertension increased linearly with severity of sleep apnoea.’
‘Pupal mass is affected by growth rate and temperature, and is strongly and linearly correlated with total egg production.’
‘The logarithm of the hazard function is linearly related to each predictor.’
‘This increase was linearly correlated with pulmonary indexes of airflow obstruction and lung hyperinflation.’
‘Benefits depend linearly on the contribution rate.’
‘Power varies linearly with clock speed and by the square of the voltage.’
‘Temperatures increased linearly as depths increased.’
‘Crop growth rate is approximately linearly related to daily light integral.’
‘The tested web servers did not scale linearly as we added more CPUs.’
2In a way that progresses from one stage to another in a single series of steps; sequentially.
‘each individual must proceed linearly through each task’
‘spoken language proceeds linearly, one word after another’
‘Any question you have can be hunted down in a matter of minutes, and most of the sites are laid out pretty linearly.’
‘Ecologists, taking their cue from nature, think in terms of cycles, while economists are more likely to think linearly.’
‘In the textbook situation, the diagnosis proceeds logically and linearly to a specific formula.’
‘When you read a mathematical proof, it's laid out linearly, from the beginning to the end.’
‘The author treats these themes linearly, but with an episodic structure similar to that of the picaresque novel.’
‘In general, the dependent and independent clauses are linearly adjacent to each other.’
‘Traditional, commercially supported media linearly presents content in bite-sized morsels.’
‘These films are indexed individually and linearly, meaning you must scroll through each page one by one in order to find the particular film you are interested in.’
‘The film may be dream-like, but its action unfolds linearly, realistically.’
‘The biggest problem we have with Moore's Law is that we think of it linearly.’
‘Investigations rarely progress linearly from initial investigation to final identification of the root cause.’
‘His flights of fancy occur primarily as dream sequences and flashbacks, leaving room for the plot to linearly unfold.’