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




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


having magnitude
relating to scale


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


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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