noun (plural trajectories)
- 1The path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces: the missile’s trajectory was preset • figurative the rapid upward trajectory of Rich’s careerMore example sentences
- As supply meets demand, a future is created, independent of any plan, but revealed in the trajectories of market forces.
- Mortars are ballistic weapons that have projectile trajectories undistorted by rocket engine or guidance system.
- Suborbital paths are the trajectories of choice for ballistic missiles.
- 2 Geometry A curve or surface cutting a family of curves or surfaces at a constant angle.More example sentences
- These three trajectories are known as conic sections, as they are also the curves produced by cutting a cone along different planes.
- The thick line is a calculated trajectory near a surface and the thin line is a trajectory far from any surface.
- To investigate this possibility, a simple system can be designed to generate drip trajectories where the degree of chaos can be tuned.
late 17th century: from modern Latin trajectoria (feminine), from Latin traject- 'thrown across', from the verb traicere, from trans- 'across' + jacere 'to throw'.