Definition of curvature
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
The lenses have different curvatures.
the curvature of the earth
The machine measures the eyeball's degree of curvature.
a disease that can cause curvature of the spine
First Known Use of curvature
CURVATURE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of curvature for Students
: a part having a somewhat round shape
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