line of force


noun Physics.

an imaginary line or curve in a field of force, as an electric field, such that the direction of the line at any point is that of the force in the field at that point.

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Also called field line.

Origin of line of force

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for field line

line of force

noun

an imaginary line representing a field of force, such as an electric or magnetic field, such that the tangent at any point is the direction of the field vector at that point
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Scientific definitions for field line

line of force

A line used to indicate the direction of a field, especially an electric or magnetic field, at various points in space. The tangent of a line of force at each point indicates the orientation of the field at that point. Arrows are usually used to indicate the direction of the force. See Note at magnetism.
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