linear device

linear device A device for which the output is, within a given dynamic range, linearly proportional to the input.


adj 1: designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree [syn: additive] [ant: nonlinear] 2: of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension; "a linear foot" [syn: one-dimensional] [ant: planar, cubic] 3: of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input; "analogue device"; "linear amplifier" [syn: analogue, analog] [ant: digital] 4: of a leaf shape; long and narrow [syn: elongate] 5: measured lengthwise; "cost of lumber per running foot" [syn: running(a)]


n 1: an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water" 2: something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect 3: any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point" [syn: gimmick, twist] 4: any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery) 5: an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was recognized by the device on his shield"


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