One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A curve the radius vector of which represents in magnitude and direction the velocity of a moving object.
- ‘In the next two chapters it will reveal to us how to scale the hodographs for elliptical orbits.’
- ‘On the other hand, the hodograph was rotated approximately 180° from the canonical hodographs.’
- ‘Look at hodographs derived from 8 a.m. wind speed and direction data for Flint and Peoria.’
- ‘However, further studies showed a significant number of hodographs for left-moving storms exhibiting clockwise curvature below 1 km.’
- ‘The hodograph of a simple harmonic motion is shown at the left, with the time dependence displayed.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek hodos ‘way’ + -graph.
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