# trochoid

[troh-koid]

- Geometry. a curve traced by a point on a radius or an extension of the radius of a circle that rolls, without slipping, on a curve, another circle, or a straight line. Equation: x = aθ − b sin θ, y = a − b cos θ.

- rotating on an axis, as a wheel.

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#### Then any point in the circumference of the half-crown will move through a curve called a ‘trochoid.’

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# trochoid

- the curve described by a fixed point on the radius or extended radius of a circle as the circle rolls along a straight line

- rotating or capable of rotating about a central axis
- anatomy (of a structure or part) resembling or functioning as a pivot or pulley

## Word Origin

C18: from Greek trokhoeidēs circular, from trokhos wheel

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# trochoid

(trō′koid′, trŏk′oid′)

- Capable of or exhibiting rotation about a central axis.
- Permitting rotation, as a pivot.

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