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- n. Alternative form of brachistochrone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Erroneous, though the original and until recently the usual, spelling of brachistochrone.
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As the sliding body upon the brachystochrone reaches its end sooner than by the straighter road of the inclined plane, so, through the swing of the ideal, we often arrive at the naked truth more rapidly than by the processes of the understanding. '