As adjectives the difference between cyclic and linear
is that cyclic
is characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals while linear
is linear (in mathematics, of first-degree polynomial).
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals
(chemistry) Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring
- The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun.
(botany) Having parts arranged in a whorl
(mathematics, of a group) being generated by only one element
(geometry, of a polygon) able to be inscribed in a circle
- Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds.
* cyclic chorus
* cyclic poet
Having the form of a line; straight.
Of or relating to lines.
Made in a step-by-step, logical manner.
(botany, of leaves) Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.
(mathematics) Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form .
(physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension (as opposed to area or volume).
* linear algebra