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Definition: Absolute curvature
(k?r"v?-t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See
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.
. 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
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.
, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf.
F. absolu. See Absolve
1. Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled;
unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority,
monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command;
absolute power; an absolute monarch.
2. Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as,
absolute perfection; absolute beauty.
So absolute she seems,
And in herself complete. --Milton.
3. Viewed apart from modifying influences or without
comparison with other objects; actual; real; -- opposed to
; as, absolute motion;
absolute time or space.
Note: Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man
in a state of nature as contradistinguished from
relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him
in his social relations.
4. Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other
being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
Note: In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist.
The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the
universe, or the total of all existence, as only
capable of relations in its parts to each other and to
the whole, and as dependent for its existence and its
phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their
5. Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone;
Note: It is in dispute among philosopher whether the term, in
this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction or
abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined,
can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect.
To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word
and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute.
6. Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful. [R.]
I am absolute 't was very Cloten. --Shak.
7. Authoritative; peremptory. [R.]
The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head,
With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed. --Mrs.
8. (Chem.) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
9. (Gram.) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of
the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See
, under Ablative
(Geom.), that curvature of a curve of
double curvature, which is measured in the osculating
plane of the curve.
(Astron.), the sum of the optic and
(Physics), space considered without relation
to material limits or objects.
. (Alg.), such as are known, or which do not
contain the unknown quantity. --Davies & Peck.
(Physics), the temperature as measured
on a scale determined by certain general thermo-dynamic
principles, and reckoned from the absolute zero.
(Physics), the be ginning, or zero point, in
the scale of absolute temperature. It is equivalent to
-273[deg] centigrade or -459.4[deg] Fahrenheit.
Syn: Positive; peremptory; certain; unconditional; unlimited;
unrestricted; unqualified; arbitrary; despotic;