linear in Japanese
In a time-bound society time is seen as linear- in other words as a straight line extending from the past, through the present, to the future.
designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree: bilinear, additive
of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension: rectilinear, one-dimensional, collinear, linelike, lineal, rectilineal
measured lengthwise: lengthways, running, lengthwise
of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input: analogue, analog
(of a leaf shape) long and narrow: simple, elongate, unsubdivided