|an arc or a rounded space between cusps, as in the carved decoration of a window or other ornamentation|
|having the form of an ogee or double curve, such as a bar of tracery|
|1.||(often plural) either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh, overlying the lateral part of the pelvis and its articulation with the thighbones|
|2.||another name for pelvis|
|3.||short for hip joint|
|4.||the angle formed where two sloping sides of a roof meet or where a sloping side meets a sloping end|
|[Old English hype; related to Old High German huf, Gothic hups, Dutch heup]|
The lateral prominence of the pelvis from the waist to the thigh.
The hip joint.
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in anatomy, the joint between the thighbone (femur) and the pelvis; also the area adjacent to this joint. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint; the round head of the femur rests in a cavity (the acetabulum) that allows free rotation of the limb. Amphibians and reptiles have relatively weak pelvic girdles, and the femur extends horizontally. This does not permit efficient resistance to gravity, and the trunks of these animals often rest partially on the ground. In mammals the hip joint allows the femur to drop vertically, thus permitting the animal to hold itself off the ground and leading to specializations for running and leaping. See also pelvic girdle.
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