Meaning of CURVATURE
Pronunciation:   'kurvuchur



WordNet Dictionary 

 Definition:  
 [n] the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
 [n] the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve
 [n] (medical) a curving or bending; often abnormal; "curvature of the spine"


CURVATURE is a 9 letter word that starts with C. 
 Synonyms:   curve 

 See Also:   condition, configuration, conformation, contour, curliness, derivative, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative, form, shape, status, straightness  
Webster's 1913 Dictionary 

 Definition:   \Cur"va*ture\ (k?r"v?t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See
{Curvate}.]
1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved;
a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or
surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve.
Cowper.
The elegant curvature of their fronds. Darwin.
2. (Math.) The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical
curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a
tangent drawn to the curve at that point.
{Aberrancy of curvature} (Geom.), the deviation of a curve
from a circular form.
{Absolute curvature}. See under {Absolute}.
{Angle of curvature} (Geom.), one that expresses the amount
of curvature of a curve.
{Chord of curvature}. See under {Chord}.
{Circle of curvature}. See {Osculating circle of a curve},
under {Circle}.
{Curvature of the spine} (Med.), an abnormal curving of the
spine, especially in a lateral direction.
{Radius of curvature}, the radius of the circle of curvature,
or osculatory circle, at any point of a curve.



