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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cur·va·ture /ˈkɝvəˌʧʊr, ʧɚ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 cur·va·ture /ˈkɝvəˌʧʊ(ə)r, ʧɚ, ˌt(j)ʊ(ə)r/ 名詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cur·va·ture n.
 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.
    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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal; "curvature
           of the spine"
      2: the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve
         and a tangent to the curve
      3: the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
         [syn: curve]