Basic Guidelines For English Spellings

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1In a straight or nearly straight line.

*‘the house is a longish structure with rooms linearly arranged’**‘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.’**‘Dr Wotowic explained that most people view the world linearly and horizontally and that 90% of surgery is linear.’**‘Within each block, five 1.2 X 1.5m plots were arranged linearly at 1.5m spacing.’**‘Streets were laid out linearly, with intersections at right angles.’**‘Laid out linearly, the airport terminal is easy to navigate without the need for complex signage.’**‘Each color represents a separate, adjacent neuron, typically arranged linearly.’**‘The desired outcome was based on the surgeon's ability to manipulate a cryolathe, which is an instrument designed to incise tissue linearly.’**‘In plan, the house is designed linearly, taking advantage of the views from every room.’**‘The two rooms are set out linearly.’**‘The traps were set out linearly with an interdistance of about 4m.’*

- 1.1Using lines or outlines.
*‘a linearly designed blow-molder’**‘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’**‘Women's cholesterol rises more or less linearly through their adult life.’**‘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.’**‘The print engine is designed linearly, with paper running from front to back under the four print drums.’**‘Pushrods or tubes fitted to the followers also move linearly.’*

- 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’**‘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.’**‘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.’*

- 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’**‘Pupal mass is affected by growth rate and temperature, and is strongly and linearly correlated with total egg production.’**‘Crop growth rate is approximately linearly related to daily light integral.’**‘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.’**‘The tested web servers did not scale linearly as we added more CPUs.’**‘Blood pressure and number of patients with hypertension increased linearly with severity of sleep apnoea.’**‘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.’**‘This increase was linearly correlated with pulmonary indexes of airflow obstruction and lung hyperinflation.’**‘The logarithm of the hazard function is linearly related to each predictor.’*

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’**‘In the textbook situation, the diagnosis proceeds logically and linearly to a specific formula.’**‘Traditional, commercially supported media linearly presents content in bite-sized morsels.’**‘His flights of fancy occur primarily as dream sequences and flashbacks, leaving room for the plot to linearly unfold.’**‘Any question you have can be hunted down in a matter of minutes, and most of the sites are laid out pretty linearly.’**‘In general, the dependent and independent clauses are linearly adjacent to each other.’**‘The biggest problem we have with Moore's Law is that we think of it linearly.’**‘Ecologists, taking their cue from nature, think in terms of cycles, while economists are more likely to think linearly.’**‘The author treats these themes linearly, but with an episodic structure similar to that of the picaresque novel.’**‘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.’**‘Investigations rarely progress linearly from initial investigation to final identification of the root cause.’**‘When you read a mathematical proof, it's laid out linearly, from the beginning to the end.’*

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