Curtate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Curtate (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • curtate Shortened; reduced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Curtate shortened or reduced; applied to the distance of a planet from the sun or earth reduced to the plane of the ecliptic
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. curtatus, p. p. of curtare, to shorten, fr. curtus,. See Curt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. curtus, shortened.