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cycloid

[sahy-kloid] /ˈsaɪ klɔɪd/
adjective
1.
resembling a circle; circular.
2.
(of the scale of a fish) smooth-edged, more or less circular in form, and having concentric striations.
3.
(of a fish) having such scales.
4.
Psychiatry. of or noting a personality type characterized by wide fluctuation in mood within the normal range.
noun
5.
a cycloid fish.
6.
Geometry. a curve generated by a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls, without slipping, on a straight line.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Greek kykloeidḗs like a circle. See cycl-, -oid
Related forms
cycloidal, adjective
cycloidally, adverb
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  • When the ride is at operational speed, an individual car performs a cycloid-type motion.
British Dictionary definitions for cycloid

cycloid

/ˈsaɪklɔɪd/
adjective
1.
resembling a circle
2.
(of fish scales) rounded, thin, and smooth-edged, as those of the salmon
3.
(psychiatry) (of a type of personality) characterized by exaggerated swings of mood between elation and depression See also cyclothymia
noun
4.
(geometry) the curve described by a point on the circumference of a circle as the circle rolls along a straight line Compare trochoid (sense 1)
5.
a fish that has cycloid scales
Derived Forms
cycloidal, adjective
cycloidally, adverb
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cycloid in Science
cycloid
  (sī'kloid')   

  1. Resembling a circle.

  2. Thin, rounded, and smooth-edged, like a disk. Used of fish scales.

  3. The curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls on a straight line.


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Encyclopedia Article for cycloid

the curve generated by a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls along a straight line. If r is the radius of the circle and theta (theta) is the angular displacement of the circle, then the polar equations of the curve are x = r(theta - sin theta) and y = r(1 - cos theta)

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