Direct vs Linear - What's the difference?

direct | linear |

As adjectives the difference between direct and linear

is that direct is straight, constant, without interruption while linear is linear (in mathematics, of first-degree polynomial).

As an adverb direct

is directly.

As a verb direct

is to manage, control, steer.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Straight, constant, without interruption.
  • Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.
  • the most direct route between two buildings
  • Straightforward; sincere.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Be even and direct with me.
  • Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
  • * John Locke
  • He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
  • * Hallam
  • a direct and avowed interference with elections
  • In the line of descent; not collateral.
  • a descendant in the direct line
  • (astronomy) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; said of the motion of a celestial body.
  • Antonyms

    * indirect

    Derived terms

    * direct action * direct current * direct flight * direct initiative * direct object * direct quote


    (en adverb)
  • Directly.
  • * 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 346:
  • Presumably Mary is to carry messages that she, Anne, is too delicate to convey direct .


    (en verb)
  • To manage, control, steer.
  • to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
  • To aim (something) at (something else).
  • They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
    He directed his question to the room in general.
  • To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
  • He directed me to the left-hand road.
  • * Lubbock
  • the next points to which I will direct your attention
  • To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
  • She directed them to leave immediately.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll first direct my men what they shall do.
  • (dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.
  • to direct a letter


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    (wikipedia linear)


    (en adjective)
  • 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 y = ax + b .
  • (physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension (as opposed to area or volume).
  • See also

    * quadratic * cubic * quartic * quintic * linear algebra * areal


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