Brachystochrone

• (n.) A curve, in which a body, starting from a given point, and descending solely by the force of gravity, will reach another given point in a shorter time than it could by any other path. This curve of quickest descent, as it is sometimes called, is, in a vacuum, the same as the cycloid.
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brachystochrone

<mathematics> A curve, in which a body, starting from a given point, and descending solely by the force of gravity, will reach another given point in a shorter time than it could by any other path. This curve of quickest descent, as it is sometimes called, is, in a vacuum, the same as the cycloid. ... Origin: Incorrect for brachistochrone, fr...
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Brachystochrone

Bra·chys'to·chrone noun [ Incorrect for brachistochrone , from Greek bra`chistos shortest (superl. of brachy`s short) + ... time : confer French brachistochrone . ] (Math.) A curve, in which a body, starting from a given point, and descending solely by the f...
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