Bezier curve

noun

variants or less commonly Bézier curve
: a mathematical curve that is often used in computer graphics to model fluid shapes and in animation
And it's human beings who create art, not the polygons and Bezier curves of digital technology.Jack Kroll, Newsweek, 6 Mar. 2000
What is more, a technical standard for representing letters which uses Bezier curves does not depend on any characteristic of the machine which is doing the printing: the same set of curves can be used to drive a professional typesetter or a cheap laser-printer …The Economist, 25 May 1991

Word History

Etymology

after Pierre Étienne Bézier †1999 French engineer, who popularized their use

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bezier curve was in 1982

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“Bezier curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bezier%20curve. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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