curvature

noun cur·va·ture \ ˈkər-və-ˌchu̇r , -chər , -ˌtyu̇r , -ˌtu̇r \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of curvature

1 : the act of curving : the state of being curved
2 : a measure or amount of curving; specifically : the rate of change of the angle through which the tangent to a curve turns in moving along the curve and which for a circle is equal to the reciprocal of the radius
3 a : an abnormal curving (as of the spine)
b : a curved surface of an organ

Examples of curvature in a Sentence

  1. The lenses have different curvatures.

  2. the curvature of the earth

  3. The machine measures the eyeball's degree of curvature.

  4. a disease that can cause curvature of the spine

Recent Examples of curvature from the Web

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First Known Use of curvature

1603


CURVATURE Defined for English Language Learners

curvature

noun

Definition of curvature for English Language Learners

  • : the amount that something is curved

  • medical : a condition in which your spine is curved in an abnormal way


CURVATURE Defined for Kids

curvature

noun cur·va·ture \ ˈkər-və-ˌchu̇r \

Definition of curvature for Students

: a part having a somewhat round shape

Medical Dictionary

curvature

noun cur·va·ture \ ˈkər-və-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r \

medical Definition of curvature

1 : an abnormal curving (as of the spine) — see kyphosis, scoliosis
2 : a curved surface of an organ (as the stomach) — see greater curvature, lesser curvature


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