1. a unit of measurement of length;

[syn: linear unit, linear measure]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lineal \Lin"e*al\ (l[i^]n"[-e]*al), a. [L. linealis belonging to a line, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin['e]al. See 3d Line.] 1. Descending in a direct line from an ancestor; hereditary; derived from ancestors; -- opposed to collateral; as, a lineal descent or a lineal descendant. [1913 Webster] The prime and ancient right of lineal succession. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Inheriting by direct descent; having the right by direct descent to succeed (to). [1913 Webster] For only you are lineal to the throne. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Composed of lines; delineated; as, lineal designs. [1913 Webster] 4. In the direction of a line; of or pertaining to a line; measured on, or ascertained by, a line; linear; as, lineal magnitude. [1913 Webster] Lineal measure, the measure of length; -- usually written linear measure. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Linear \Lin"e*ar\ (l[i^]n"[-e]*[~e]r), a. [L. linearis, linearius, fr. linea line: cf. F. lin['e]aire. See 3d Line.] 1. Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Like a line; narrow; of the same breadth throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [PJC] Linear thinkers concluded that by taking the world apart, the actions of people were more predictable and controllable. --David Morris (Conference presentation, Fairfield University, October 31, 1997) Linear differential equation (Math.), an equation which is of the first degree, when the expression which is equated to zero is regarded as a function of the dependent variable and its differential coefficients. Linear equation (Math.), an equation of the first degree between two variables; -- so called because every such equation may be considered as representing a right line. Linear measure, the measurement of length. Linear numbers (Math.), such numbers as have relation to length only: such is a number which represents one side of a plane figure. If the plane figure is square, the linear figure is called a root. Linear problem (Geom.), a problem which may be solved geometrically by the use of right lines alone. Linear transformation (Alg.), a change of variables where each variable is replaced by a function of the first degree in the new variable. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

measure \meas"ure\ (m[e^]zh"[-u]r; 135), n. [OE. mesure, F. mesure, L. mensura, fr. metiri, mensus, to measure; akin to metrum poetical measure, Gr. me`tron, E. meter. Cf. Immense, Mensuration, Mete to measure.] 1. A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged. [1913 Webster] 2. An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like. [1913 Webster] False ells and measures be brought all clean adown. --R. of Gloucester. [1913 Webster] 3. The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated; estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat. [1913 Webster] The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. --Job xi. 9. [1913 Webster] 4. The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount. [1913 Webster] It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal. --Luke xiii. 21. [1913 Webster] 5. Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure. [1913 Webster] Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure. --Is. v. 14. [1913 Webster] 6. Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion. [1913 Webster] Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days. --Ps. xxxix. 4. [1913 Webster] 7. The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure. [1913 Webster] 8. Undefined quantity; extent; degree. [1913 Webster] There is a great measure of discretion to be used in the performance of confession. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 9. Regulated division of movement: (a) (Dancing) A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet. (b) (Mus.) (1) The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats. (2) The space between two bars. See Beat, Triple, Quadruple, Sextuple, Compound time, under Compound, a., and Figure. (c) (Poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure. [1913 Webster] 10. (Arith.) A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases, the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of two or more numbers; a denominator. See common denominator under denominator. [1913 Webster +PJC] 11. A step or definite part of a progressive course or policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the accomplishment of an object; as, political measures; prudent measures; an inefficient measure. [1913 Webster] His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken in the conferring that trust, and lamented his error. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 12. The act of measuring; measurement. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 13. pl. (Geol.) Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures. [1913 Webster] linear measure, lineal measure, or long measure, measure of length; the measure of lines or distances. Liquid measure, the measure of liquids. Square measure, the measure of superficial area of surfaces in square units, as inches, feet, miles, etc. To have hard measure, to have harsh treatment meted out to one; to be harshly or oppressively dealt with. To take measures, to make preparations; to provide means. To take one's measure, to measure one, as for a garment; hence, to form an opinion of one's disposition, character, ability, etc. To tread a measure, to dance in the style so called. See 9 (a) . [1913 Webster] Say to her, we have measured many miles To tread a measure with her on this grass. --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

linear measure n 1: a unit of measurement of length [syn: linear unit, linear measure]