Definition of brachistochrone in English:


Syllabification: bra·chis·to·chrone
Pronunciation: /brəˈkistəˌkrōn


  • A curve between two points along which a body can move under gravity in a shorter time than for any other curve.
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    • The brachistochrone problem was one of the earliest problems posed in the calculus of variations.
    • The brachistochrone is a cycloid, but that cycloid is not the only curve satisfying the equation.
    • Further enhancements will guide the user through the development of brachistochrones for force fields which differ from gravitational force fields.


late 18th century: from Greek brakhistos 'shortest' + khronos 'time'.

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