- a plane curve generated by the locus of a point on a line at a fixed distance from the point of intersection of the line with a fixed circle, as the line revolves about a point on the circumference of the circle. Equation: r = a cosθ + b.
Origin of limaçon
1575–85; < French: literally, snail, Old French, derivative of limaz < Latin līmācem, accusative of līmāx snail, slug
Also called Pascal's limaçon.
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Examples from the Web for limacon
Up there, they suppose we have gone in the direction of the Limacon; but, below, they will see the contrary.Cinq Mars, Complete
Alfred de Vigny
- a heart-shaped curve generated by a point lying on a line at a fixed distance from the intersection of the line with a fixed circle, the line rotating about a point on the circumference of the circle
French, literally: snail (so named by Pascal)