Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

witch of Agnesi

play
noun witch of Agne·si \-än-ˈyā-zē\

Definition of witch of Agnesi

  1. :  a plane cubic curve that is symmetric about the y-axis and approaches the x-axis as an asymptote and that has the equation x2y = 4a2(2ay)



Origin and Etymology of witch of agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi †1799 Italian mathematician; witch, translation of Italian versiera cubic curve (influenced by Italian versiera female demon)


First Known Use: 1875


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up witch of Agnesi? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a simplified speech bridging languages

Get Word of the Day daily email!