brachistochrone

noun
bra·​chis·​to·​chrone | \ braˈkistəˌkrōn, brəˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of brachistochrone

: a curve in which a body starting from a point and acted on by an external force will reach another point in a shorter time than by any other path

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Other Words from brachistochrone

brachistochronic \ ⸗¦⸗⸗¦kränik \ adjective

History and Etymology for brachistochrone

French, from Greek brachistos shortest + chronos time

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“Brachistochrone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brachistochrone. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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