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brachistochrone Line breaks: bra¦chis¦to|chrone
Pronunciation: /brəˈkɪstəkrəʊn/

Definition of brachistochrone in English:


A curve between two points along which a body can move under gravity in a shorter time than for any other curve.
Example sentences
  • 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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