[syn: spoke, wheel spoke, radius]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Radius \Ra"di*us\ (r[=a]"d[i^]*[u^]s), n.; pl. L. Radii
(r[=a]"d[i^]*[imac]); E. Radiuses
(r[=a]"d[i^]*[u^]s*[e^]z). [L., a staff, rod, spoke of a
wheel, radius, ray. See Ray a divergent line.]
1. (Geom.) A right line drawn or extending from the center of
a circle to the periphery; the semidiameter of a circle or
2. (Anat.) The preaxial bone of the forearm, or brachium,
corresponding to the tibia of the hind limb. See Illust.
Note: The radius is on the same side of the limb as the
thumb, or pollex, and in man it is so articulated that
its lower end is capable of partial rotation about the
3. (Bot.) A ray, or outer floret, of the capitulum of such
plants as the sunflower and the daisy. See Ray, 2.
4. pl. (Zool.)
(a) The barbs of a perfect feather.
(b) Radiating organs, or color-markings, of the radiates.
5. The movable limb of a sextant or other angular instrument.
Radius bar (Mach.), a bar pivoted at one end, about which
it swings, and having its other end attached to a piece
which it causes to move in a circular arc.
Radius of curvature. See under Curvature.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the length of a line segment between the center and
circumference of a circle or sphere [syn: radius, r]
2: a straight line from the center to the perimeter of a circle
(or from the center to the surface of a sphere)
3: a circular region whose area is indicated by the length of
its radius; "they located it within a radius of 2 miles"
4: the outer and slightly shorter of the two bones of the human
5: support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the
hub to the rim [syn: spoke, wheel spoke, radius]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
143 Moby Thesaurus words for "radius":
O, air line, ambit, amplitude, annular muscle, annulus, approach,
area, areola, asymptote, aureole, axis, beeline, bigness, body,
bore, bottleneck, breadth, bulk, caliber, carry, chaplet, chord,
circle, circuit, circumference, circus, closed circle,
collision course, compass, concentralization, concentration,
concourse, concurrence, confluence, conflux, congress, convergence,
converging, corona, coronet, coverage, crossing, crown, cycle,
depth, diadem, diagonal, diameter, diapason, diffusion, dimension,
dimensions, direct line, directrix, discus, disk, dispersion, edge,
emanation, eternal return, expanse, expansion, extension, extent,
fairy ring, focalization, focus, funnel, gamut, garland, gauge,
girth, glory, great-circle course, greatness, halo, height, hub,
largeness, lasso, length, logical circle, loop, looplet,
magic circle, magnitude, mass, measure, measurement, meeting,
mutual approach, narrowing gap, noose, normal, orbit,
perpendicular, proportion, proportions, purview, radiance,
radiation, radius vector, range, ray, reach, register, right line,
ring, rondelle, round, roundel, saucer, scale, scattering, scope,
secant, segment, semidiameter, shortcut, side, size, spectrum,
sphincter, spoke, spokes, spread, straight, straight course,
straight line, straight stretch, straightaway, streamline, stretch,
sweep, tangent, transversal, vector, vicious circle, volume, wheel,
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