Directrix Di*rect"rix, n.; pl. E. {Directrixes}, L. {Directrices}. 1. A directress. [R.] --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) (a) A line along which a point in another line moves, or which in any way governs the motion of the point and determines the position of the curve generated by it; the line along which the generatrix moves in generating a surface. (b) A straight line so situated with respect to a conic section that the distance of any point of the curve from it has a constant ratio to the distance of the same point from the focus. [1913 Webster]

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  • directrix — noun (plural directrixes; also directrices) Etymology: Medieval Latin, feminine of Late Latin director, from Latin dirigere Date: 1622 1. archaic directress 2. a fixed curve with which a generatrix maintains a give …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • directrix —    The fixed curve traversed by a generatrix in generating either a cone or a cylinder. (pr. de rek triks) The plural may be either directrixes or directrices …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • directrix — [dɪ rɛktrɪks, dʌɪ ] noun (plural directrices trɪsi:z) Geometry a fixed line used in describing a curve or surface. Origin C18: from med. L., lit. directress …   English new terms dictionary

  • directrix — di·rec·trix …   English syllables

  • directrix — di•rec•trix [[t]dɪˈrɛk trɪks, daɪ [/t]] n. pl. di•rec•trix•es, di•rec•tri•ces [[t]dɪˈrɛk trɪˌsiz, daɪ , ˌdaɪ rɛkˈtraɪ siz[/t]] 1) math. a fixed line used in the description of a curve or surface 2) use archaic directress • Etymology: 1695–1705… …   From formal English to slang

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