- (at a point on a curve) the derivative of the inclination of the tangent with respect to arc length.
- the absolute value of this derivative.
Examples from the Web for curvature
Even if you put it on a big building, the curvature of the earth prevents radar from going to the airplane.
He was described by Shakespeare as having a hunchback and indeed the skeleton shows evidence of curvature of the spine.CONFIRMED: Skeleton Found Under City Car Park IS That Of Villainous Richard III|Tom Sykes|February 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The peculiarities to be noted are the curvature, indistinctness, and false colouring of the image.Half-hours with the Telescope|Richard A. Proctor
Select the pieces of tube for this instrument as free from curvature as possible.
This curvature is increased or diminished according to the force of the wind.
The effects of the curvature of the earth are obviated or exaggerated.Curiosities of Heat|Lyman B. Tefft
She came in now—bringing the other something in a breakfast-cup—a girl with a curvature of the spine.The Quaint Companions|Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for curvature
Word Origin and History for curvature
1660s, from Latin curvatura "a bending," from curvatus, past participle of curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). In non-Euclidian geometry, from 1873.