The definition of a trajectory is the curved path something takes as it moves through space.
An example of trajectory is the path taken by a paper airplane as it flies through the air.
- the curved path of something hurtling through space, esp. that of a projectile from the time it leaves the muzzle of the gun
- a curve or surface that passes through all the curves of a given family at the same angle
- a curve or surface that fits a particular law such as passing through a given set of points
Origin of trajectoryMedieval Latin trajectorius ; from Classical Latin trajectus: see traject
- a. The path of a projectile or other moving body through space.b. A chosen or taken course: “What died with [the assassinated leaders] was a moral trajectory, a style of aspiration” (Lance Morrow).
- Mathematics A curve that cuts all of a given family of curves or surfaces at the same angle.
Origin of trajectoryNew Latin traiect&omacron;ria, from Latin traiectus, past participle of traicere, to throw across; see traject.
- The path of a body as it travels through space.
- (cybernetics) The ordered set of intermediate states assumed by a dynamical system as a result of time evolution.
- Metaphorically, a course of development, such as that of a war or career.
- (cybernetics): run