Meaning of RADIAL in English


I. ˈrā-dē-əl adjective

Etymology: Medieval Latin radialis, from Latin radius ray

Date: 1570

1. : arranged or having parts arranged like rays


a. : relating to, placed like, or moving along a radius

b. : characterized by divergence from a center

3. : of, relating to, or adjacent to a bodily radius

4. : developing uniformly around a central axis

• ra·di·al·ly -ə-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1872


a. : a radial part

b. : ray

2. : a body part (as an artery) lying near or following the course of the radius

3. : a pneumatic tire in which the ply cords that extend to the beads are laid at approximately 90 degrees to the centerline of the tread — called also radial-ply tire, radial tire

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