center of curvature

noun phrase

Definition of center of curvature

: the center of the circle whose center lies on the concave side of a curve on the normal to a given point of the curve and whose radius is equal to the radius of curvature at that point

First Known Use of center of curvature

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Center of curvature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/center%20of%20curvature. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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