radius vector definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a straight line joining the origin of a vector, located at the intersection of two coordinates, to a given point lying in the same plane
- a vector whose point of origin is fixed and whose terminal point ranges over a given curve or surface, as a straight line connecting the sun with the earth at any point of the earth's orbit
radius vector definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Mathematics a. A line segment that joins the origin and a variable point in a system of polar or spherical coordinates.b. The length of such a line segment.
- Astronomy A straight line connecting the center of the sun or another body with the center of a planet, comet, or other body orbiting around it.
radius vector - Science Definition
- A line segment that joins the origin and a variable point in a system of polar or spherical coordinates.
- The imaginary straight line that connects the center of the Sun or another body with the center of a planet, comet, or other body that orbits it.