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Definition: Geometrical curve
, Geometrical \Ge`o*met"ric*al\
, a. [L.
geometricus; Gr. ?: cf. F. g['e]om['e]trique.]
1. Pertaining to, or according to the rules or principles of,
geometry; determined by geometry; as, a geometrical
solution of a problem.
2. (Art) characterized by simple geometric forms in design
and decoration; as, a buffalo hide painted with red and
black geometrical designs.
Note: Geometric is often used, as opposed to algebraic, to
include processes or solutions in which the
propositions or principles of geometry are made use of
rather than those of algebra.
Note: Geometrical is often used in a limited or strictly
technical sense, as opposed to mechanical; thus, a
construction or solution is geometrical which can be
made by ruler and compasses, i. e., by means of right
lines and circles. Every construction or solution which
requires any other curve, or such motion of a line or
circle as would generate any other curve, is not
geometrical, but mechanical. By another distinction, a
geometrical solution is one obtained by the rules of
geometry, or processes of analysis, and hence is exact;
while a mechanical solution is one obtained by trial,
by actual measurements, with instruments, etc., and is
only approximate and empirical.
. Same as Algebraic curve
; -- so called
because their different points may be constructed by the
operations of elementary geometry.
, an instrument for engraving bank notes,
etc., with complicated patterns of interlacing lines; --
called also cycloidal engine
, a measure of five feet.
, an instrument for drawing geometric curves,
in which the movements of a pen or pencil attached to a
revolving arm of adjustable length may be indefinitely
varied by changing the toothed wheels which give motion to
(Persp.), the same as Ground plane
. See under
, in gearing, the radius of the pitch
circle of a cogwheel. --Knight.
(Zo["o]l.), one of many species of
spiders, which spin a geometrical web. They mostly belong
and allied genera, as the garden spider. See
, a portable instrument in the form of a
square frame for ascertaining distances and heights by
, one in which the stairs are
supported by the wall at one end only.
, in architecture and decoration,
tracery arranged in geometrical figures.