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cur·va·ture

(kûr′və-cho͝or′, -chər)
n.
1. The act of curving or the state of being curved.
2. Mathematics
a. The ratio of the change in the angle of a tangent that moves over a given arc to the length of the arc.
b. The limit of this ratio as the length of the arc approaches zero.
c. The reciprocal of the radius of a circle.
3. Medicine A curving or bending, especially an abnormal one: curvature of the spine.

[Middle English, from Latin curvātūra, from curvātus, past participle of curvāre, to bend, from curvus, curved; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

curvature

(ˈkɜːvətʃə)
n
1. something curved or a curved part of a thing
2. (Anatomy) any normal or abnormal curving of a bodily part: curvature of the spine.
3. (Mathematics) geometry the change in inclination of a tangent to a curve over unit length of arc. For a circle or sphere it is the reciprocal of the radius. See also radius of curvature, centre of curvature
4. the act of curving or the state or degree of being curved or bent

cur•va•ture

(ˈkɜr və tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

n.
1. the act of curving or the state of being curved.
2. a curved condition, often abnormal: curvature of the spine.
3. the degree of curving of a line or surface.
4. Geom.
a. (at a point on a curve) the derivative of the inclination of the tangent with respect to arc length.
b. the absolute value of this derivative.
5. something curved.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin curvātūra=curvāt(us), past participle of curvāre to bend, curve + -ūra -ure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 curvature - (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal; "curvature of the spine"medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniquescondition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations" 2 curvature - the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curvederivative, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative - the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx 3 curvature - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surfacecurveshape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"curliness, waviness - (of hair) a tendency to curlstraightness - (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl

curvature

noun He suffered from a curvature of the spine.

noun
Something bent:
Translations
إنْـحِـناء
zakřivení
krumningkurve
boglína
izliekums
zakrivenie
eğrilik

curvature

[ˈkɜːvətʃəʳ] N
1. (Math) →
2. curvature of the spine (Med) → escoliosis f inv, desviación f de columna

curvature

[ˈkɜːrvətʃər] n curvature of the spinecurvature of the spine n

curvature

nKrümmung f; (misshapen) → Verkrümmung f; curvature of the spine (normal) → Rückgratkrümmung f; (abnormal) → Rückgratverkrümmung f; the curvature of spacedie Raumkrümmung

curvature

[ˈkɜːvətʃəʳ] ncurvatura
curvature of the spine (Med) →

curvature

(ˈkəːvətʃə) , ((American) -tʃuər) noun
the condition or extent of being curved. the curvature of the earth.

n. curvatura.

curvature

n curvatura
References in classic literature ?
A gleam of exultation shot across the darkly-painted lineaments of the inhabitant of the forest, as he traced the route of his intended victims, who rode unconsciously onward, the light and graceful forms of the females waving among the trees, in the curvatures of their path, followed at each bend by the manly figure of Heyward, until, finally, the shapeless person of the singing master was concealed behind the numberless trunks of trees, that rose, in dark lines, in the intermediate space.
Beneath the first arch he made his way, following the winding curvatures of the right-hand wall.
Another point was the forward carriage of the head and the clumsy and inhuman curvature of the spine.
Her hind-quarters were a little drooping, and in her fore-legs, and still more in her hind-legs, there was a noticeable curvature.
The hussars had been on the road beyond the curvature of the ground, and he saw nothing of them.
There was the same short, stocky trunk upon which rested an enormous head habitually bent forward into the same curvature as the back, the arms shorter than the legs, and the lower leg considerably shorter than that of modern man, the knees bent forward and never straightened.
The Frenchman, who was on his legs, in the act of springing from the sleigh, took an aerial flight also, much in the attitude which boys assume when they play leap-frog, and, flying off in a tangent to the curvature of his course, came into the snow-bank head foremost, w-here he remained, exhibiting two lathy legs on high, like scarecrows waving in a corn- field.
In the skeletons of the several breeds, the development of the bones of the face in length and breadth and curvature differs enormously.
Picture to yourself the unilateral development, the imminent danger of a spinal curvature.
The forest abounded with beautiful objects; among which the tree ferns, though not large, were, from their bright green foliage, and the elegant curvature of their fronds, most worthy of admiration.
I might just as well have suspected the girl of a curvature of the spine.
In terms of shape error, geometric feature, say mean curvatures of surfaces, are extracted for topology comparison.

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