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 firstdegree polynomial).
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
cyclic English
Adjective
( en adjective)
Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals
 The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun.
(chemistry) Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring
 Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds.
(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
Derived terms
* cyclic chorus
* cyclic poet

linear Adjective
( en adjective)
Having the form of a line; straight.
Of or relating to lines.
Made in a stepbystep, logical manner.
(botany, of leaves) Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.
(mathematics) Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form $y\; =\; ax\; +\; b$.
(physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension (as opposed to area or volume).
Related terms
* interlineal
* interlinear
* lineal
See also
* quadratic
* cubic
* quartic
* quintic
* linear algebra
* areal
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