second derivative

noun Mathematics.
the derivative of the derivative of a function: Acceleration is the second derivative of distance with respect to time.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To second derivative
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: second degree murder
Next Definition: second division
Words Near: second derivative
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for second derivative
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing second derivative
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
What matters at turning points is the second derivative, the change in the
  change.
Therefore, lowering rates to encourage more debt is useless at the second
  derivative level.
The only difference, in mathematical terms, is the magnitude of the second
  derivative.
The markets are still fixated on the second derivative, whether the rate of
  decline in the economy has slowed.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature