Curvature

Definition of Curvature

Cur´va`ture   Pronunciation: k?r´v?-t?r; 135
n.1.The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve.
The elegant curvature of their fronds.
- Darwin.
2.(Math.) The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a tangent drawn to the curve at that point.
Aberrancy of curvature
(Geom.) the deviation of a curve from a circular form.
Absolute curvature
See under Absolute.
Angle of curvature
(Geom.) one that expresses the amount of curvature of a curve.
Chord of curvature
See under Chord.
Circle of curvature
See Osculating circle of a curve, under Circle.
Curvature of the spine
(Med.) an abnormal curving of the spine, especially in a lateral direction.
Radius of curvature
the radius of the circle of curvature, or osculatory circle, at any point of a curve.

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