Transcendental curve

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

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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.
Although the nonuniform rational B-spline (NURBS) can overcome the first shortcoming of B-splines to a certain extent, it fails to model transcendental curves. The NURBS model has several other potential limitations due to the relative complexity of rational basis functions.
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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