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 for Cycloid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cycloid \Cy"cloid\ (s?"kloid), n. [Cyclo- + -oid: cf. F.
     cyclo["i]de.] (Geom.)
     A curve generated by a point in the plane of a circle when
     the circle is rolled along a straight line, keeping always in
     the same plane.
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     Note: The common cycloid is the curve described when the
           generating point (p) is on the circumference of the
           generating circle; the curtate cycloid, when that point
           lies without the circumference; the prolate or
           inflected cycloid, when the generating point (p) lies
           within that circumference.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cycloid \Cy"cloid\, a. (Zool.)
     Of or pertaining to the Cycloidei.
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     Cycloid scale (Zool.), a fish scale which is thin and shows
        concentric lines of growth, without serrations on the
        margin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cycloid \Cy"cloid\, n. (Zool.)
     One of the Cycloidei.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brachystochrone \Bra*chys"to*chrone\, n. [Incorrect for
     brachistochrone, fr. Gr. bra`chistos shortest (superl. of
     brachy`s short) + ? time : cf. F. brachistochrone. ] (Math.)
     A curve, in which a body, starting from a given point, and
     descending solely by the force of gravity, will reach another
     given point in a shorter time than it could by any other
     path. This curve of quickest descent, as it is sometimes
     called, is, in a vacuum, the same as the cycloid.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cycloid
      adj 1: resembling a circle [syn: cycloid, cycloidal]
      n 1: a line generated by a point on a circle rolling along a
           straight line

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