Osculatory circle
Osculatory Os"cu*la*to*ry, a. 1. Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing. ``The osculatory ceremony.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) Pertaining to, or having the properties of, an osculatrix; capable of osculation; as, a circle may be osculatory with a curve, at a given point. [1913 Webster]

{Osculatory circle}. (Geom.) See {Osculating circle of a curve}, under {Circle}.

{Osculatory plane} (to a curve of double curvature), a plane which passes through three successive points of the curve.

{Osculatory sphere} (to a line of double curvature), a sphere passing through four consecutive points of the curve. [1913 Webster]


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  • Osculatory — Os cu*la*to*ry, a. 1. Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing. The osculatory ceremony. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) Pertaining to, or having the properties of, an osculatrix; capable of osculation; as, a circle may be osculatory with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Osculatory plane — Osculatory Os cu*la*to*ry, a. 1. Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing. The osculatory ceremony. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) Pertaining to, or having the properties of, an osculatrix; capable of osculation; as, a circle may be osculatory… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Osculatory sphere — Osculatory Os cu*la*to*ry, a. 1. Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing. The osculatory ceremony. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geom.) Pertaining to, or having the properties of, an osculatrix; capable of osculation; as, a circle may be osculatory… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Circle of curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aberrancy of curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Absolute curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Angle of curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chord of curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curvature — Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve. Cowper …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curvature of the spine — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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