Curve tracing
Curve Curve, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line. [1913 Webster]

{Axis of a curve}. See under {Axis}.

{Curve of quickest descent}. See {Brachystochrone}.

{Curve tracing} (Math.), the process of determining the shape, location, singular points, and other peculiarities of a curve from its equation.

{Plane curve} (Geom.), a curve such that when a plane passes through three points of the curve, it passes through all the other points of the curve. Any other curve is called a {curve of double curvature}, or a {twisted curve}. [1913 Webster]


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