brachystochrone definition

  • noun:
    • alternate kind of brachistochrone.
    • A curve, by which a body, beginning with confirmed point, and descending solely because of the force of gravity, will reach another provided point in a shorter time than it may by any kind of course. This bend of quickest descent, because it's often called, is, in a vacuum, just like the cycloid.
    • Erroneous, though the original and until recently the usual, spelling of brachistochrone.

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