scalar

I. adjective
Etymology: Latin scalaris, from scalae stairs, ladder — more at scale
Date: circa 1656
1. having an uninterrupted series of steps ; graduated <scalar chain of authority> <scalar cells> 2. a. capable of being represented by a point on a scale <scalar quantity> b. of or relating to a scalar or scalar product <scalar multiplication> II. noun Date: 1846 1. a real number rather than a vector 2. a quantity (as mass or time) that has a magnitude describable by a real number and no direction
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