# Linear vs. Quadratic — What's the Difference?

## Difference Between Linear and Quadratic

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#### Linear

Arranged in or extending along a straight or nearly straight line

Linear movement

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#### Quadratic

Of, relating to, or containing quantities of the second degree.

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#### Linear

Progressing from one stage to another in a single series of steps; sequential

A linear narrative

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#### Quadratic

Square-shaped

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#### Linear

Of, relating to, or resembling a line; straight.

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#### Quadratic

(mathematics) of a polynomial, involving the second power (square) of a variable but no higher powers, as $ax^2\; +\; bx\; +\; c$. Category:en:Polynomials

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#### Linear

In, of, describing, described by, or related to a straight line.

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#### Quadratic

(mathematics) of an equation, of the form $ax^2\; +\; bx\; +\; c\; =\; 0$.

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#### Linear

Having only one dimension.

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#### Quadratic

(mathematics) of a function, of the form $y\; =\; ax^2\; +\; bx\; +\; c$.

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#### Linear

Characterized by, composed of, or emphasizing drawn lines rather than painterly effects.

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#### Quadratic

(mathematics) A quadratic polynomial, function or equation.

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#### Linear

(Botany) Narrow and elongated with nearly parallel margins

A linear leaf.

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#### Quadratic

Of or pertaining to a square, or to squares; resembling a quadrate, or square; square.

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#### Linear

Having the form of a line; straight or roughly straight; following a direct course.

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#### Quadratic

Tetragonal.

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#### Linear

Of or relating to lines.

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#### Quadratic

Pertaining to terms of the second degree; as, a quadratic equation, in which the highest power of the unknown quantity is a square.

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#### Linear

Made, or designed to be used, in a step-by-step, sequential manner.

A linear medium

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#### Quadratic

An equation in which the highest power of an unknown quantity is a square

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#### Linear

Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.

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#### Quadratic

A polynomial of the second degree

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#### Linear

(mathematics) Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form $y\; =\; ax\; +\; b$. Category:en:Polynomials

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#### Quadratic

Of or relating to or resembling a square;

Quadratic shapes

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#### Linear

(physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension as opposed to area or volume.

A linear meter

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#### Quadratic

Of or relating to the second power;

Quadratic equation

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#### Linear

(radio slang) linear amplifier.

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#### Linear

Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal.

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#### Linear

Like a line; narrow; of the same breadth throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf.

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#### Linear

Thinking in a step-by-step analytical and logical fashion; contrasted with holistic, i.e. thinking in terms of complex interrelated patterns; as, linear thinkers.

Linear thinkers concluded that by taking the world apart, the actions of people were more predictable and controllable.

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#### Linear

Designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

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#### Linear

Of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension;

A linear foot

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#### Linear

Of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input;

Analogue device

Linear amplifier

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#### Linear

Of a leaf shape; long and narrow

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#### Linear

Measured lengthwise;

Cost of lumber per running foot

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