AskDefine | Define scalar

Dictionary Definition

scalar adj : of or relating to a directionless magnitude; "scalar implicatures" n : a variable quantity that cannot be resolved into components

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Having magnitude but not direction
  2. Of, or relating to scale

Translations

having magnitude
relating to scale

Noun

  1. A quantity that has magnitude but not direction; compare vector
  2. An amplifier whose output is a constant multiple of its input

Translations

quantity with magnitude

Extensive Definition

A scalar is a variable that only has magnitude, e.g. a speed of 40 km/h. Compare it with vector, a quantity comprising both magnitude and direction, e.g. a velocity of 40km/h north.

See also

scalar in Arabic: كمية قياسية
scalar in Belarusian: Скаляр
scalar in Catalan: Escalar
scalar in Czech: Skalár
scalar in Danish: Skalar
scalar in German: Skalar
scalar in Spanish: Escalar
scalar in Esperanto: Skalaro
scalar in Finnish: Skalaari
scalar in French: Scalaire
scalar in Hebrew: סקלר
scalar in Indonesian: Skalar
scalar in Malay (macrolanguage): Skalar
scalar in Dutch: Scalair
scalar in Polish: Skalar
scalar in Portuguese: Escalar
scalar in Russian: Скаляр
scalar in Serbian: Скалар
scalar in Ukrainian: Скаляр
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