A curve between two points along which a body can move under gravity in a shorter time than for any other curve.
More 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'.
Definition of brachistochrone in:
- The US English dictionary