[ bruh-kis-tuh-krohn ]
/ brəˈkɪs təˌkroʊn /
the curve between two points that in the shortest time by a body moving under an external force without friction; the curve of quickest descent.
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Origin of brachistochrone
1765–75; <Greek bráchisto(s) shortest (superlative of brachýsbrachy-) + chrónos time
OTHER WORDS FROM brachistochronebra·chis·to·chron·ic [bruh-kis-tuh-kron-ik], /brəˌkɪs təˈkrɒn ɪk/, bra·chis·toch·ro·nous [brey-kuh-stok-ruh-nuhs, brak-uh-], /ˌbreɪ kəˈstɒk rə nəs, ˌbræk ə-/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for brachistochrone
A famous instance of this is found in what is known as the Brachistochrone problem, which was solved by John Bernouilli.Great Astronomers|R. S. Ball
British Dictionary definitions for brachistochrone
/ (brəˈkɪstəˌkrəʊn) /
maths the curve between two points through which a body moves under the force of gravity in a shorter time than for any other curve; the path of quickest descent
Word Origin for brachistochrone
C18: from Greek brakhistos, superlative of brakhus short + chronos time
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