[kwod-rik] /ˈkwɒd rɪk/ Mathematics
1.
of the second degree (said especially of functions with more than two variables).
noun
2.
3.
a surface such as an ellipsoid or paraboloid as defined by a second-degree equation in three real variables.
1855-1860
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• Instead of a circle or sphere we may take any conic or quadric.

• Every plane section of a quadric surface is a conic or a line-pair.

• These are called chief-tangent curves; on a quadric surface they are the above straight lines.

• Now from a quadric equation we derive, in like manner, the notion of a complex or imaginary number such as is spoken of above.

• This plane is called the polar plane of the point P, with regard to the quadric surface.

• Each ray cuts its corresponding plane in a point, the locus of these points is a quadric surface.

• Evidently the method gives for L a quadric equation, which is the “resolvent” equation in this particular case.

• The surface itself is therefore called a quadric surface, or a surface of the second order.

• These planes intersect in p2, so that p2 is a line on the quadric cone generated by the axial pencils l1 and l2.

• Every line which has three points in common with a quadric surface lies on the surface.

/ˈkwɒdrɪk/
1.
having or characterized by an equation of the second degree, usually in two or three variables
2.
of the second degree
noun
3.
a quadric curve, surface, or function
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