Definition of


  1. (noun, state) (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal
  2. (noun, attribute) the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve
  3. (noun, attribute) the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

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Synonyms of Curvature


Origin of the word Curvature

  1. 1660s, from L. curvatura "bending," from curvare "to bend" (see curve). In non-Euclidian geometry, from 1873. more

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