[ strof-oid, stroh-foid ]
/ ˈstrɒf ɔɪd, ˈstroʊ fɔɪd /
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a plane curve generated by the loci of points p and pprime; on a straight line that intersects the y-axis at a point n and the minus x-axis at a fixed point q, such that pn = npprime; = on, as on changes, where o is the origin. Equation: y2 = x2(x+a)/(a−x).
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of strophoid
1875–80; <Greek stróph(os) twine + -oid, modeled on French strophoïde
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Scientific definitions for strophoid
[ strō′foid′ ]
The curve traced out by points P and P′ which lie on lines through a fixed point A where the midpoint M of PP′ is on a fixed line and the absolute value |;PM|; equals the absolute value |;P′M|; equals the absolute value |;MO|;, where O is the projection of A onto that fixed line.
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