# Definition of curvature

### Definitions

noun

1. something curved or a curved part of a thing

3. geometry the change in inclination of a tangent to a curve over unit length of arc. For a circle or sphere it is the reciprocal of the radius. See also radius of curvature, centre of curvature

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### Definitions

uncountable noun

The curvature of something is its curved shape, especially when this shape is part of the circumference of a circle. [technical] [+ of] ⇒ ...the curvature of the Earth. ⇒ He suffered from curvature of the spine.

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## curvature in Mechanical Engineering*Powered by* COBUILD (kɜrvətʃər)

### Definitions

noun

(Mechanical engineering: Mechanics and dynamics) The curvature of a line or surface is the degree to which it is curved at a particular point. ⇒ The curvature of the mirror should be gradually reduced towards its edges. ⇒ A three-dimensional surface which locally resembles that of the surface of a sphere is said to have positive curvature. ⇒ The curvature of a line or surface is the degree to which it is curved at a particular point.

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### Example sentences containing 'curvature'

He shoved a big piece of loose ice towards the curvature. SEIZE THE RECKLESS WINDMaybe it was just where they had lined up with the curvature of the glass. PROSPECT HILLHe crouched, eyes fixed on the flatness, desperately ignoring the curvature beyond. SEIZE THE RECKLESS WINDThe distance from Ecuador to Sacramento is great enough that the curvature would throw off the transmissions. MINUTES TO BURN## Trends of 'curvature'

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