Curtate
Curtate Cur"tate (k?r"t?t), a. [L. curtatus, p. p. of curtare to shorten, fr. curtus. See {Curt}.] (Astron.) Shortened or reduced; -- said of the distance of a planet from the sun or earth, as measured in the plane of the ecliptic, or the distance from the sun or earth to that point where a perpendicular, let fall from the planet upon the plane of the ecliptic, meets the ecliptic. [1913 Webster]

{Curtate cycloid}. (Math.) See {Cycloid}. [1913 Webster]


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  • curtate — /kerr tayt/, adj. shortened; reduced; abbreviated. [1670 80; < L curtatus ptp. of curtare to shorten, deriv. of curtus. See CURT, ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

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