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[kahr-dee-oid] /ˈkɑr diˌɔɪd/
noun, Mathematics
a somewhat heart-shaped curve, being the path of a point on a circle that rolls externally, without slipping, on another equal circle. Equation: r = a (1−cosA).
1745-55; < Greek kardioeidḗs heart-shaped. See cardi-, -oid Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cardioid


a heart-shaped curve generated by a fixed point on a circle as it rolls around another fixed circle of equal radius, a. Equation: r = a(1 – cos φ), where r is the radius vector and φ is the polar angle
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cardioid in Science
A heart-shaped plane curve, the locus of a fixed point on a circle that rolls on the circumference of another circle with the same radius.
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