radius of curvature


noun Mathematics.

the absolute value of the reciprocal of the curvature at a point on a curve.

Nearby words

  1. radium sulfate,
  2. radium therapy,
  3. radius,
  4. radius of action,
  5. radius of convergence,
  6. radius of gyration,
  7. radius rod,
  8. radius vector,
  9. radix,
  10. radix point


Origin of radius of curvature

First recorded in 1745–55

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British Dictionary definitions for radius of curvature

radius of curvature

noun

the absolute value of the reciprocal of the curvature of a curve at a given point; the radius of a circle the curvature of which is equal to that of the given curve at that pointSee also centre of curvature
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