- the branch of geometry that deals with conic sections.
Origin of conics
- Also con·i·cal. having the form of, resembling, or pertaining to a cone.
- Geometry. conic section.
Origin of conic
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These had already been proved in earlier treatises, which Archimedes refers to as the “Elements of Conics”.Archimedes
Thomas Little Heath
Each of the other theorems about conics may be stated for cones of the second order.
Astronomy was also enriched by his investigations, and he was led to several remarkable theorems on conics which bear his name.
Two conics which have four common tangents have always one and only one common polar-triangle.
Similarly, all conics touching four fixed lines form a system such that any fifth tangent determines one and only one conic.
- (functioning as singular) the branch of geometry concerned with the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola
- having the shape of a cone
- of or relating to a cone
- another name for conic section
See also conics
C16: from New Latin, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnos cone
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Word Origin and History for conics
1560s, "pertaining to a cone," from Latin conicus, from Greek konikos "cone-shaped," from konos (see cone).
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