brachistochrone


brachistochrone

brachistochrone [bruh-kis-tuh-krohn] ExamplesWord Origin noun Mechanics.

  1. the curve between two points that in the shortest time by a body moving under an external force without friction; the curve of quickest descent.

Origin of brachistochrone 1765–75; Greek bráchisto(s) shortest (superlative of brachýs brachy-) + chrónos timeRelated formsbra·chis·to·chron·ic [bruh-kis-tuh-kron-ik] /brəˌkɪs təˈkrɒn ɪk/, bra·chis·toch·ro·nous [brey-kuh-stok-ruh-nuh s, brak-uh-] /ˌbreɪ kəˈstɒk rə nəs, ˌbræk ə-/, adjective Examples from the Web for brachistochrone Historical Examples of brachistochrone

  • A famous instance of this is found in what is known as the Brachistochrone problem, which was solved by John Bernouilli.

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    R. S. Ball

  • British Dictionary definitions for brachistochrone brachistochrone noun

    1. maths the curve between two points through which a body moves under the force of gravity in a shorter time than for any other curve; the path of quickest descent

    Word Origin for brachistochrone C18: from Greek brakhistos, superlative of brakhus short + chronos time

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