radical axis

radical axis
noun
1. : a straight line that is the locus of points from which tangents drawn to two given circles are equal
2. : a straight line common to the three radical planes of three given spheres taken in pairs

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Geom.
the line such that tangents drawn from any point of the line to two given circles are equal in length.
[1840-50]

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radical axis noun
The locus of a point of equal potency with respect to two circles
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Main Entry:radical

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radical axis,
Geometry. the straight line joining the points of intersection of two circles, or between two circles that do not intersect, from which tangents at any point to both circles will be of equal length.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Radical axis — This article is about the radical axis used in geometry. For the animation studio, see Radical Axis (studio). Figure 1. Illustration of the radical axis (red line) of two given circles (solid black). For any point P (blue) on the radical axis, a… …   Wikipedia

  • radical axis — noun The line containing the locus of points from which the segments respectively tangent to two given circles have equal length. Syn: radical line See Also: radical center …   Wiktionary

  • radical axis — Geom. the line such that tangents drawn from any point of the line to two given circles are equal in length. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • radical axis — /rædɪkəl ˈæksəs/ (say radikuhl aksuhs) noun (of two circles) the line such that tangents drawn from any point of the line to the two circles are equal in length …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Radical axis of two circles — Radical Rad i*cal (r[a^]d [i^]*kal), a. [F., fr. L. radicalis having roots, fr. radix, icis, a root. See {Radix}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Of or pertaining to the root or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Radical axis of two circles — Axis Ax is, n.; pl. {Axes}. [L. axis axis, axle. See {Axle}.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Radical — Rad i*cal (r[a^]d [i^]*kal), a. [F., fr. L. radicalis having roots, fr. radix, icis, a root. See {Radix}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Of or pertaining to the root or origin;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Radical quantity — Radical Rad i*cal (r[a^]d [i^]*kal), a. [F., fr. L. radicalis having roots, fr. radix, icis, a root. See {Radix}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Of or pertaining to the root or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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