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conic

Syllabification: con·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈkänik
 
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chiefly Mathematics

Definition of conic in English:

adjective

Of or like a cone.
Example sentences
  • At a zero field condition, the liquid crystal in the droplets was bistable, that is, the liquid crystal can be in either the reflecting planar state or the scattering focal conic state.
  • How this connects up to conventional conic orbits is not entirely clear.
  • The conic shape of the eight small cyclones around the top of each vacuum creates a dramatic shape, but they are in place to serve a purpose first.

noun

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short for conic section. See also conics.
Example sentences
  • The book contains a wealth of information concerning the projective geometry of conics and quadrics.
  • If all the vertices of a hexagon lie on a conic, and if the opposite sides intersect, then the points of intersection lie on a line.
  • In many cases, the result is that the edge of the source is imaged to the edge of the receiver, and the reflector profile that performs the mapping is an off-axis conic.

Origin

late 16th century: from modern Latin conicus, from Greek kōnikos, from kōnos 'cone'.

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