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. [1913 Webster]

The elegant curvature of their fronds. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

2. (Math.) The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a tangent drawn to the curve at that point. [1913 Webster]

{Aberrancy of curvature} (Geom.), the deviation of a curve from a circular form.

{Absolute curvature}. See under {Absolute}.

{Angle of curvature} (Geom.), one that expresses the amount of curvature of a curve.

{Chord of curvature}. See under {Chord}.

{Circle of curvature}. See {Osculating circle of a curve}, under {Circle}.

{Curvature of the spine} (Med.), an abnormal curving of the spine, especially in a lateral direction.

{Radius of curvature}, the radius of the circle of curvature, or osculatory circle, at any point of a curve. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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