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curtate


curtate


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curtate  \Cur"tate\  (k?r"t?t),  a.  [L.  curtatus  p.  p.  of  curtare 
  to  shorten,  fr  curtus.  See  {Curt}.]  (Astron.) 
  Shortened  or  reduced;  --  said  of  the  distance  of  a  planet 
  from  the  sun  or  earth,  as  measured  in  the  plane  of  the 
  ecliptic,  or  the  distance  from  the  sun  or  earth  to  that  point 
  where  a  perpendicular,  let  fall  from  the  planet  upon  the 
  plane  of  the  ecliptic,  meets  the  ecliptic. 
 
  {Curtate  cycloid}.  (Math.)  See  {Cycloid}.