# curvature

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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.

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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 techniques |

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 surfaceshape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes" straightness - (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl |

## curvature

## curvature

*noun*

Translations

**إنْـحِـناء**

**zakřivení**

**krumning**

**kurve**

**boglína**

**iškrypimas**

**išlinkimas**

**izliekums**

**zakrivenie**

**eğrilik**

## curvature

[ˈkɜːvətʃəʳ]*N*

## curvature

*n*→ Krümmung

*f*; (misshapen) → Verkrümmung

*f*;

**curvature**of the spine (normal) → Rückgratkrümmung

*f*; (abnormal) → Rückgratverkrümmung

*f*; the

**curvature**of space → die Raumkrümmung

## curvature

[ˈkɜːvətʃəʳ]*n*→ curvatura

curvature of the spine (

*Med*) → deviazione

*f*della colonna vertebrale

## curvature

(ˈkəːvətʃə) , ((American) -tʃuər)*noun*

the condition or extent of being curved. the curvature of the earth.

## cur·va·ture

*n.*curvatura.

## curvature

*n*curvatura

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