Quadrature of an orbit
Quadrature Quad"ra*ture, n. [L. quadratura: cf. F. quadrature. See {Quadrate}, a.] 1. (Math.) The act of squaring; the finding of a square having the same area as some given curvilinear figure; as, the quadrature of a circle; the operation of finding an expression for the area of a figure bounded wholly or in part by a curved line, as by a curve, two ordinates, and the axis of abscissas. [1913 Webster]

2. A quadrate; a square. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Integral Calculus) The integral used in obtaining the area bounded by a curve; hence, the definite integral of the product of any function of one variable into the differential of that variable. [1913 Webster]

4. (Astron.) The position of one heavenly body in respect to another when distant from it 90[deg], or a quarter of a circle, as the moon when at an equal distance from the points of conjunction and opposition. [1913 Webster]

{Quadrature of the moon} (Astron.), the position of the moon when one half of the disk is illuminated.

{Quadrature of an orbit} (Astron.), a point in an orbit which is at either extremity of the latus rectum drawn through the empty focus of the orbit. [1913 Webster]


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