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Definitions of curvature

  1. (medical) a curving or bending; often abnormal; "curvature of the spine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal; "curvature of the spine" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A bending; as, curvature of the spine. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A curving or bending: the continual bending or the amount of bending from a straight line. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A curving or bending; deflection from a straight line. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of bending, or the state of being curved; amount or rate of bending. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The continual flexure or bending of a line from a rectilinear direction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Crookedness, or the manner of being bent; a curve; a bending from a straight line. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. The condition of a line or surface, which approximates more or less to the form of an arc; as the curvatures of the spine, duodenum, stomach, &c. Accidental curvatures of bones are the effect of rickets, or Mollities ossium. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  14. Curving; curved form; (Geom.) deviation (of curve) from straight line. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. A bending; a bend, Appleton's medical dictionary.
  16. [L., a bending] When a moving point traces out a curved line, its direction changes from point to point ; the rate of this change of direction at any point per unit length of the curve is the Curvature at the point. The Circles of C. at any point of a curve has the save curvature as that of the curve at that point ; the centre and radius of C. are the centre and radius of this circle. So far it has been supposed that all the point of the curve lie in one plane. When this is not the case, the curve is tortuous, and is said to have Double C., or more strictly curvature and tortuosity ; the helix or thread of a screw is a curve of double C. The C. of surface at any point will depend on the direction in which the C. is considered ; e.g. in the case of a common cylinder there is evidently no curvature parallel to the axis, while at right angles to the axis the C. is the same as that of the circular base of the cylinder. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  17. n. The continual flexure or bending of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction. Cabinet Dictionary
  18. Crookedness, inflexion, manner of bending. Complete Dictionary

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