aCurtate(Astron) Shortened or reduced; -- said of the distance of a planet from the sun or earth, as measured in the plane of the ecliptic, or the distance from the sun or earth to that point where a perpendicular, let fall from the planet upon the plane of the ecliptic, meets the ecliptic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
adjCurtateshortened or reduced; applied to the distance of a planet from the sun or earth reduced to the plane of the ecliptic
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. curtatus, p. p. of curtare, to shorten, fr. curtus,. See Curt