lemniscate

noun

lem·​nis·​cate lem-ˈni-skət How to pronounce lemniscate (audio)
: a figure-eight shaped curve whose equation in polar coordinates is ρ2=a2 cos 2θ or ρ2=a2 sin 2θ

Word History

Etymology

New Latin lemniscata, from feminine of Latin lemniscatus with hanging ribbons, from lemniscus

First Known Use

circa 1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lemniscate was circa 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Lemniscate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemniscate. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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