Directrixes
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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  • directrixes — di·rec·tor || dɪ rektÉ™ n. manager; stage managern. fixed line associated with a parabola or another curve (Geometry); directress …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Aplanatic focus — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Conjugate focus — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Foci — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Focus — Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet, after… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Focus tube — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Focuses — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Principal focus — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Solar focus — Focus Fo cus (f[=o] k[u^]s), n.; pl. E. {Focuses} (f[=o] k[u^]s*[e^]z), L. {Foci} (f[=o] s[imac]). [L. focus hearth, fireplace; perh. akin to E. bake. Cf. {Curfew}, {Fuel}, {Fusil} the firearm.] 1. (Opt.) A point in which the rays of light meet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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