Usage examples for linear

  1. The median is obtained by arranging the values in linear series from the smallest to the greatest and taking the middle one. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  2. The microscope and other means of scientific observation assure us that the chalk- beds of England and of France, the coral reefs of marine waters in warm climates, vast calcareous and silicious deposits in the sea and in many fresh- water ponds, the common polishing earths and slates, and many species of apparently dense and solid rock, are the work of the humble organisms of which I speak, often, indeed, of animaculae so small as to become visible only by the aid of lenses magnifying thousands of times the linear measures. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  3. If so, the number of villages per linear river mile must have been very nearly the same. – The Aboriginal Population of the San Joaquin Valley, California by Sherburne F. Cook
  4. Being nocturnal in their habits, the pupil of the eye, instead of being circular as in the diurnal species, is linear and vertical like that of the cat. – Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon by J. Emerson Tennent
  5. Corolla, 5 thick petals, linear, much longer than the calyx. – The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by T. H. Pardo de Tavera
  6. Flowers clustered in small heads, the calyx pale green, and the long linear petals almost pure white. – Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs by A. D. Webster
  7. In many other vertical linear sections of the same series, of course corresponding beds will occur in a similar order." – Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work by P. Chalmers Mitchell
  8. In order that the situation and character of the principal mineral deposits in California may be ascertained, I recommend that a geological and mineralogical exploration be connected with the linear surveys, and that the mineral lands be divided into small lots suitable for mining and be disposed of by sale or lease, so as to give our citizens an opportunity of procuring a permanent right of property in the soil. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  9. Besides the above banks which skirt the shores of the island, there is on the eastern side a range of linear banks, similarly constituted, twenty miles in length, extending parallel to the coast line, and separated from it by a space between two and four miles in width, and from five to fifteen fathoms in depth. – Coral-Reefs by Darwin, Charles
  10. Where a territory is marked by a network of creeks and sloughs, and the intermediate land is marsh, the linear comparisons become impossible. – The Aboriginal Population of the San Joaquin Valley, California by Sherburne F. Cook
  11. In early attempts, says Herbert Spencer, to arrange organic beings in some systematic matter, we see at first a guidance by conspicuous and simple characters, and a tendency toward arrangement in linear order. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  12. A widely distributed native plant, of dwarf growth, with linear- oblong, hairy leaves, and usually yellow flowers. – Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs by A. D. Webster
  13. Leaves: Small, linear, alternately scattered along stem, or oblong in pairs or threes on leafy sterile shoots. – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan et al
  14. The amount of heat that is transferred across any surface is usually expressed as a product, of which one factor is the slope or linear rate of change in temperature and the other is the amount of heat transferred per unit's difference in temperature in unit's length. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  15. Leaves: Upper ones small, narrow, linear; lower ones broader, lance- shaped, rolled backward, more or less woolly beneath. – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan et al
  16. Where volcanic heat, therefore, operates at such a depth as not to obtain vent at the surface, in the form of an eruption, it may nevertheless be conceived to give rise to upheavals, foldings, and faults in certain linear tracts. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  17. On the eastern side of the atoll some of the banks are linear and parallel, resembling islets in a great river, and pointed directly towards a great breach on the opposite side of the atoll; these are best seen in the large published chart. – Coral-Reefs by Darwin, Charles
  18. They form linear series with few lateral branches. – Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa by Nelson Annandale
  19. Of these deposits, one contained tablets written in hieroglyphic; but the rest were in the linear script, 'a highly developed form, with regular divisions between the words, and for elegance scarcely surpassed by any later form of writing. – The Sea-Kings of Crete by James Baikie