Conic sections
Conic Con"ic, Conical Con"ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. conique. See {Cone}.] 1. Having the form of, or resembling, a geometrical cone; round and tapering to a point, or gradually lessening in circumference; as, a conic or conical figure; a conical vessel. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to a cone; as, conic sections. [1913 Webster]

{Conic section} (Geom.), a curved line formed by the intersection of the surface of a right cone and a plane. The conic sections are the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola. The right lines and the circle which result from certain positions of the plane are sometimes, though not generally included.

{Conic sections}, that branch of geometry which treats of the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola.

{Conical pendulum}. See {Pendulum}.

{Conical projection}, a method of delineating the surface of a sphere upon a plane surface as if projected upon the surface of a cone; -- much used by makers of maps in Europe.

{Conical surface} (Geom.), a surface described by a right line moving along any curve and always passing through a fixed point that is not in the plane of that curve. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Conic sections — Section Sec tion, n. [L. sectio, fr. secare, sectum, to cut; akin to E. saw a cutting instrument: cf. F. section. See {Saw}, and cf. {Scion}, {Dissect}, {Insect}, {Secant}, {Segment}.] 1. The act of cutting, or separation by cutting; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conic Sections — Mathematics Math e*mat ics, n. [F. math[ e]matiques, pl., L. mathematica, sing., Gr. ? (sc. ?) science. See {Mathematic}, and { ics}.] That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conic Sections Rebellion — The Conic Sections Rebellion, also known as the Conic Section Rebellion, refers primarily to an incident which occurred at Yale University in 1830,[1] as a result of changes in the methods of mathematics education.[2] When a policy change… …   Wikipedia

  • Matrix representation of conic sections — In mathematics, the matrix representation of conic sections is one way of studying a conic section, its axis, vertices, foci, tangents, and the relative position of a given point. We can also study conic sections whose axes aren t parallel to our …   Wikipedia

  • Conic — Con ic, Conical Con ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. conique. See {Cone}.] 1. Having the form of, or resembling, a geometrical cone; round and tapering to a point, or gradually lessening in circumference; as, a conic or conical figure; a conical vessel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conic section — Conic Con ic, Conical Con ic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. conique. See {Cone}.] 1. Having the form of, or resembling, a geometrical cone; round and tapering to a point, or gradually lessening in circumference; as, a conic or conical figure; a conical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conic section — Types of conic sections: 1. Parabola 2. Circle and ellipse 3. Hyperbola …   Wikipedia

  • conic section — Geom. a curve formed by the intersection of a plane with a right circular cone; an ellipse, a circle, a parabola, or a hyperbola. Also called conic. [1655 65] * * * Any two dimensional curve traced by the intersection of a right circular cone… …   Universalium

  • Conic constant — An illustration of various conic constants In geometry, the conic constant (or Schwarzschild constant[1], after Karl Schwarzschild) is a quantity describing …   Wikipedia

  • conic — adj. & n. adj. of a cone. n. 1 a conic section. 2 (in pl.) the study of conic sections. Phrases and idioms: conic section a figure formed by the intersection of a cone and a plane. Etymology: mod.L conicus f. Gk konikos (as cone) …   Useful english dictionary

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