Meaning of CURVATURE in English


/kerr"veuh cheuhr, -choor'/ , n.

1. the act of curving or the state of being curved.

2. a curved condition, often abnormal: curvature of the spine.

3. the degree of curving of a line or surface.

4. Geom.

a. (at a point on a curve) the derivative of the inclination of the tangent with respect to arc length.

b. the absolute value of this derivative.

5. something curved.

[ 1375-1425; late ME curvatura, equiv. to curvat ( us ) ptp. of curvare to bend, CURVE + -ura -URE. See -ATE 1 ]

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