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CURVATURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does curvature mean? 

CURVATURE (noun)
  The noun CURVATURE has 3 senses:

1. (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal
2. the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve
3. the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

  Familiarity information: CURVATURE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CURVATURE (noun)


Sense 1curvature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

curvature of the spine

Hypernyms ("curvature" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)


Sense 2curvature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("curvature" is a kind of...):

derivative; derived function; differential; differential coefficient; first derivative (the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx)


Sense 3curvature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

curvature; curve

Hypernyms ("curvature" is a kind of...):

configuration; conformation; contour; form; shape (any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "curvature"):

curliness; waviness (of hair: a tendency to curl)

straightness (of hair: lack of a tendency to curl)


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