radius of curvature

noun phrase

: the reciprocal of the curvature of a curve

Examples of radius of curvature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best loader operators can cup a ramp to within fractions of an inch of the proper radius of curvature. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of radius of curvature was in 1716

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“Radius of curvature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radius%20of%20curvature. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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