- Mathematics. the length of the line segment joining a fixed point or origin to a given point.
- the straight line joining two bodies in relative orbital motion, as the line from the sun to a planet at any point in its orbit.
- the distance between two such bodies at any point in the orbit.
Origin of radius vector
First recorded in 1745–55
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- maths a line joining a point in space to the origin of polar or spherical coordinates
- astronomy an imaginary line joining a satellite to the planet or star around which it is orbiting
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- A line segment that joins the origin and a variable point in a system of polar or spherical coordinates.
- The imaginary straight line that connects the center of the Sun or another body with the center of a planet, comet, or other body that orbits it.
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