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- The shape of something curved.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cur"va*ture (k?r"v?-t?r; 135), n.
[L. curvatura. See Curvate.] 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.
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
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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