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generatrix

[jen-uh-rey-triks]
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noun, plural gen·er·a·tri·ces [jen-uh-rey-truh-seez, jen-er-uh-trahy-seez] /ˌdʒɛn əˈreɪ trəˌsiz, ˌdʒɛn ər əˈtraɪ siz/. Mathematics.
  1. generator(def 4b).
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Origin of generatrix

First recorded in 1830–40, generatrix is from the Latin word generātrīx producer. See generate, -trix
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Historical Examples

  • The generatrix had to make 1,500 revolutions, and be set in motion by an overshot wheel.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884

    Various

  • Shall she not be content with her beautiful part as generatrix of Faculty, but must seek to be exponent too?


British Dictionary definitions for generatrix

generatrix

noun plural generatrices (ˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtrɪˌsiːz)
  1. a point, line, or plane that is moved in a specific way to produce a geometric figure
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generatrix in Science

generatrix

[jĕn′ə-rātrĭks]
Plural generatrices (jĕn′ə-ə-rātrĭ-sēz′, -ər-ə-trīsēz)
  1. A geometric element that generates a geometric figure, especially a straight line that generates a surface by moving in a specified fashion. Also called generator
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