Transcendental curve

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(Math.) a curve in which one ordinate is a transcendental function of the other.

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The curves in [2,18] have variation diminishing, but they cannot represent conic curve or transcendental curve.
On the other hand, B-spline curves fail to represent conic curves except the parabolas, as well as some transcendental curves such as the helix and the catenary, which are often used in engineering.
The application of algebraic methods to geometric problems preserved in deduction the certainty of the intuitions by which the foundations of geometry are known; it could not be extended to the methods Descartes employed in questions on transcendental curves like the cycloid.
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