Directly vs Nonlinear - What's the difference?

directly | nonlinear |

As an adverb directly

is in a direct manner; in a straight line or course.

As a conjunction directly

is as soon as.

As an adjective nonlinear is

(of a set of points) not lying on a straight line.




(en adverb)
  • In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
  • Plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
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  • Exactly; just.
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  • Straightforwardly; honestly.
  • (label) Immediately.
  • (label) Soon; next; when it becomes convenient.
  • Antonyms

    * indirectly


    (English Conjunctions)
  • As soon as.
  • * 1982 , (Lawrence Durrell), Constance'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 725:
  • Tenderly, reluctantly, he took his leave of her, promising that he would contact her directly he got back, perhaps in ten days or so.
  • * 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 463:
  • He is to go to Calais, directly this is over, to replace Lord Berners as governor [...].







    Alternative forms

    * non-linear


  • (of a set of points) not lying on a straight line
  • (chemistry, of a molecule) whose atoms do not lie in a straight line
  • (mathematics, of a function) having a product of independent variables, or a variable with an exponent not equal to one
  • (of a system) whose output is not directly proportional to its input
  • erratic and unpredictable; tending to jump back and forth
  • a film with a nonlinear plot


    * linear

    Derived terms

    * nonlinearity