Definition of cyclic curve
1a : the intersection of a sphere and a quadric surface —called also spherical cyclic curve b : the stereographic projection of such an intersection —called also plane cyclic curve
2 : a curve (as a cycloid or epicycloid) generated by any point on a circular disk as it rolls along a given curve
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cyclic curve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).