car·​di·​oid | \ ˈkär-dē-ˌȯid How to pronounce cardioid (audio) \

Definition of cardioid

: a heart-shaped curve that is traced by a point on the circumference of a circle rolling completely around an equal fixed circle and has an equation in one of the forms ρ = a(1 ± cos θ) or ρ = a(1 ± sin θ) in polar coordinates

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Illustration of cardioid

cardioid: ABP fixed circle; PCD first position of rolling circle; P tracing point; PM diameter through P; P1, P2, P3, P4 various positions of P; P1M1, P2M2, P3M3, P4M4 various positions of PM

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The Yeti Nano has two recording patterns: cardioid (for capturing a source talking directly into the mic) and omnidirectional (for capturing audio in a small area around the mic). Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 This compact cardioid condenser mic jacks into the phone via a Lightning dongle to bring your sparkling dialog into focus. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of cardioid

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cardioid was in 1753

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