Deficiency of a curve
Deficiency De*fi"cien*cy, n.; pl. {Deficiencies}. [See {Deficient}.] The state of being deficient; inadequacy; want; failure; imperfection; shortcoming; defect. ``A deficiency of blood.'' --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

[Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries. --Buckle. [1913 Webster]

{Deficiency of a curve} (Geom.), the amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree. [1913 Webster]

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