- (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.
Origin of curvature
Related Words for curvaturecurve, shape, arc, bend, bow, arch, round, incurvation, deflection, flexure, curving, arching
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Contemporary Examples of curvature
Even if you put it on a big building, the curvature of the earth prevents radar from going to the airplane.Flight 370 And Our Unsolved Mystery Obsession
March 13, 2014
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
February 4, 2013
Historical Examples of curvature
What curvature is to lines, gradation is to shades and colors.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
I might just as well have suspected the girl of a curvature of the spine.Falk
Slight inequality of curvature in meridians of right cornea.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
The place had a curvature like that of the seats in a theatre.Ten Books on Architecture
Curvature of the spine is more common than is usually thought.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
1660s, from Latin curvatura "a bending," from curvatus, past participle of curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). In non-Euclidian geometry, from 1873.