Definition of Radius vector

1. Noun. A line connecting a satellite to the center of the body around which it is rotating.

Generic synonyms: Vector



2. Noun. A line connecting a point in space to the origin of a polar coordinate system.
Generic synonyms: Vector

Definition of Radius vector

1. n. An ideal straight line joining the center of an attracting body with that of a body describing an orbit around it, as a line joining the sun and a planet or comet, or a planet and its satellite.

Definition of Radius vector

1. Noun. (mathematics) A straight line (or the length of such line) connecting any point, as of a curve, with a fixed point, or pole, round which the straight line turns, and to which it serves to refer the successive points of a curve, in a system of polar coordinates. ¹

2. Noun. (astronomy) An ideal straight line joining the center of an attracting body with that of a body describing an orbit around it, as a line joining the sun and a planet or comet, or a planet and its satellite. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Radius vector

1. 1. A straight line (or the length of such line) connecting any point, as of a curve, with a fixed point, or pole, round which the straight line turns, and to which it serves to refer the successive points of a curve, in a system of polar coordinates. See Coordinate. 2. An ideal straight line joining the center of an attracting body with that of a body describing an orbit around it, as a line joining the sun and a planet or comet, or a planet and its satellite. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Radius Vector Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Radius Vector Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Radius Vector

radipraxy
radisectomy
radish
radish plant
radishes
radishlike
radium
radium beam therapy
radium dial
radium hydroxide
radium therapy
radiums
radius
radius fixus
radius of curvature
radius vector (current term)
radius vectors
radiused
radiuses
radix
radix anterior
radix arcus vertebrae
radix brevis ganglii ciliaris
radix clinica
radix cochlearis
radix complement
radix complements
radix dentis
radix dorsalis
radix facialis

Literary usage of Radius vector

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1882)
"If 8 be the angle which the perpendicular on the tangent plane makes with the radius vector, we have P= p cos 6; but we have, in the last article, ..."

2. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1882)
"The expression tan# = — leads to a construction for the perpendiculars on the tangent planes at the points where a given radius vector meets the two sheets ..."

3. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1874)
"We have therefore »* »* Whence tan*0 = - In this form the expression is analogous to the value for the angle between the normal and central radius vector of ..."

4. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1865)
"If 6 be the angle which the perpendicular on the tangent plane makes with the radius vector, we have P=p cos#; but we have in the last article proved P" = f ..."

5. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1862)
"If 0 be the angle which the perpendicular on the tangent plane makes with the radius vector, we have P= p cos6; but we have in the last article proved P* ..."

6. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1838)
"With regard to the disturbing force perpendicular to the radius vector: if AC is ... I. As the disturbing force, in the direction of the radius vector, ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"This is commonly expressed by saying that the radius- vector describes equal areas in equal times about the point to which the acceleration is directed. ..."

8. Elements of the Differential and Integral Calculus by William Anthony Granville, Percey Franklyn Smith (1904)
"Angle between the radius vector drawn to a point on a curve and the tangent to the curve at that point. Let the equation of curve in polar coordinates be p ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Radius vector

Search for Radius vector on Dictionary.com!Search for Radius vector on Thesaurus.com!Search for Radius vector on Google!Search for Radius vector on Wikipedia!

Search