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

  Curvature \Cur"va*ture\ (k?r"v?-t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See
     1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved;
        a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or
        surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve.
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              The elegant curvature of their fronds. --Darwin.
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     2. (Math.) The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical
        curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a
        tangent drawn to the curve at that point.
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     Aberrancy of curvature (Geom.), the deviation of a curve
        from a circular form.
     Absolute curvature. See under Absolute.
     Angle of curvature (Geom.), one that expresses the amount
        of curvature of a curve.
     Chord of curvature. See under Chord.
     Circle of curvature. See Osculating circle of a curve,
        under Circle.
     Curvature of the spine (Med.), an abnormal curving of the
        spine, especially in a lateral direction.
     Radius of curvature, the radius of the circle of curvature,
        or osculatory circle, at any point of a curve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chord \Chord\ (k[^o]rd), n. [L chorda a gut, a string made of a
     gut, Gr. chordh`. In the sense of a string or small rope, in
     general, it is written cord. See Cord.]
     1. The string of a musical instrument. --Milton.
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     2. (Mus.) A combination of tones simultaneously performed,
        producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common
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     3. (Geom.) A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of
        a circle or curve.
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     4. (Anat.) A cord. See Cord, n., 4.
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     5. (Engin.) The upper or lower part of a truss, usually
        horizontal, resisting compression or tension. --Waddell.
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     Accidental, Common, & Vocal chords. See under
        Accidental, Common, and Vocal.
     Chord of an arch. See Illust. of Arch.
     Chord of curvature, a chord drawn from any point of a
        curve, in the circle of curvature for that point.
     Scale of chords. See Scale.
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