di·​rec·​trix | \ də-ˈrek-triks How to pronounce directrix (audio) \
plural directrixes\ də-​ˈrek-​trik-​səz How to pronounce directrixes (audio) \ also directrices\ də-​ˈrek-​trə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce directrices (audio) \

Definition of directrix

1 archaic : directress
2 : a fixed curve with which a generatrix maintains a given relationship in generating a geometric figure specifically : a straight line the distance to which from any point of a conic section is in fixed ratio to the distance from the same point to a focus

First Known Use of directrix

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for directrix

Medieval Latin, feminine of Late Latin director, from Latin dirigere

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“Directrix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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