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brachistochrone

[bruh-kis-tuh-krohn] /brəˈkɪs təˌkroʊn/
noun, Mechanics
1.
the curve between two points that in the shortest time by a body moving under an external force without friction; the curve of quickest descent.
Origin of brachistochrone
1765-1775
1765-75; < Greek bráchisto(s) shortest (superlative of brachýs brachy-) + chrónos time
Related forms
brachistochronic
[bruh-kis-tuh-kron-ik] /brəˌkɪs təˈkrɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
brachistochronous
[brey-kuh-stok-ruh-nuh s, brak-uh-] /ˌbreɪ kəˈstɒk rə nəs, ˌbræk ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • A famous instance of this is found in what is known as the brachistochrone problem, which was solved by John Bernouilli.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
British Dictionary definitions for brachistochrone

brachistochrone

/brəˈkɪstəˌkrəʊn/
noun
1.
(maths) the curve between two points through which a body moves under the force of gravity in a shorter time than for any other curve; the path of quickest descent
Word Origin
C18: from Greek brakhistos, superlative of brakhus short + chronos time
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