from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not in a straight line.
- adj. Mathematics Occurring as a result of an operation that is not linear.
- adj. Mathematics Containing a variable with an exponent other than one. Used of an equation.
- adj. Of or relating to a system of equations whose effects are not proportional to their causes. Such a set of equations can be chaotic.
- adj. Of or relating to a device whose behavior is described by a set of nonlinear equations and whose output is not proportional to its input.
- adj. Of or relating to the output of such a device.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not lying on a straight line
- adj. whose atoms do not lie in a straight line
- adj. having a product of independent variables, or a variable with an exponent not equal to one
- adj. whose output is not directly proportional to its input
- adj. erratic and unpredictable; tending to jump back and forth
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not depictable graphically as a straight line; not changing by a constant amount for each unit of time, distance, or other independent variable. Opposite of
- adj. Containing variables of greater than the first degree; -- of an equation. Opposite of
- adj. Represented by equations containing variables of greater than the first degree; -- of physical processes or relationships. Opposite of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not linear; in mathematics, not of the first degree.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. designating or involving an equation whose terms are not of the first degree
non- + linear (Wiktionary)