Definition of radius in English:

radius

noun

  • 1A straight line from the center to the circumference of a circle or sphere.

    See also illustration at geometric
    • ‘Company officials like to say that Rhino can go beyond high-school geometry, beyond straight lines and radiuses.’
    • ‘The point P is on the circumference of the circle of radius b.’
    • ‘Because the slices are thin, the height of the rectangle is approximately the radius, r, of the circle.’
    • ‘Thus, the area of a circle is equal to half of the product of the radius and the circumference.’
    • ‘A circle of radius 6 is circumscribed by a square of side-length 12.’
    • ‘The hexagon is a function between the radius and circumference of the circle, and is a naturally occurring form in nature.’
    • ‘So the radius of the sphere will be 1 and its surface area will be 4 Pi.’
    • ‘Given an angle CAB draw a circle with centre A so that AC and AB are radii of the circle.’
    • ‘And, if anything, I'm quite nearly positive that Lancome is the guy who discovered the constant ratio of a circle's radius to its circumference.’
    • ‘The inverse of the radius of the circle equals the curvature in radians/m.’
    • ‘David Gregory used p/r for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius.’
    • ‘The particular tablet which interests us here investigates how to calculate the radius of a circle through the vertices of an isosceles triangle.’
    • ‘A circle and square have an equal area only if the ratio between a side of the square and a radius of the circle equals the square root of pi.’
    • ‘Recall that given a circle of radius r, the circumference is 2pr.’
    • ‘In the introduction he pointed out that a plane was a special case of a spherical surface, that is a sphere with infinite radius.’
    • ‘Note that this curvature is the inverse of the radius of a circle tangent to the neutral line at this point.’
    • ‘Users can measure the distance of vertices/edges/faces, the angle of edges/faces, and the radii and diameters of circles.’
    • ‘He calculates the side of a regular pentagon in terms of the radius of the circumscribed circle.’
    • ‘The radii of the given circles and n must stand in a certain relationship for the chain to close on itself.’
    • ‘It states that the centre of gravity of a semicircle divides the radius in the ratio 3: 7.’
    1. 1.1A radial line from the focus to any point of a curve.
      • ‘Second, this lightweight insert extends the bullet nose and accommodates use of a longer ogive - the radius of the curve of the bullet tip.’
      • ‘The front rolled edge and curved radius of this striking two-tiered kitchen island can only be accomplished in solid surface material such as granite or Corian (tm).’
      • ‘The upper three curves are the pore radii for the three systems, whereas the lower three are the corresponding standard deviations of the upper curves.’
      • ‘Key factors to meet the new criteria include the length and width of runways, the width and curve radii of taxiways, and also the airport's pavement loading limits.’
      • ‘A minimum curve radius of 5 feet is suggested for 1/2-inch-diameter strand.’
      • ‘Because of the very mountainous terrain and the need for very shallow radius curves, most of the route will be in tunnels, with consequent heavy civil engineering costs.’
      • ‘The curve radii and crossfall of the road are measured and fed through algorithms from the Austroads Rural Road Design guide to generate a suggested advisory speed for all points along the road.’
      • ‘These apply to clear zones on the outside of horizontal curves with a radius of 900 m or less.’
    2. 1.2The length of the radius of a circle or sphere.
      • ‘Interestingly, though the analysis points to a ball with an average radius of 1.584 inches, the measured radius of a real baseball is 1.452 inches.’
      • ‘Stephenson, who constructed both projects, believed that gradients should be less than 1 percent and that curves should have very wide radii of at least a kilometre.’
      • ‘The cone shaped tip is just under one micrometer in length and has a radius of a few nanometers at its apex.’
      • ‘As skaters pull their arms in, their radius decreases and they spin faster.’
    3. 1.3A specified distance from a center in all directions.
      ‘there are plenty of local pubs within a two-mile radius’
      • ‘Those deemed more at risk of exposure are those who lived within a one-kilometer radius of the factory for more than 20 years between 1962 and 1987.’
      • ‘The department has acquired legal powers to close all footpaths within a two-mile radius of any free-range poultry farms.’
      • ‘The IT professionals usually look out for areas surrounding a radius of 9 km from City Railway Station.’
      • ‘Teams divided into four groups, combing through a two-mile radius searching for any clue of what might have happened.’
      • ‘At half-mile intervals, they stop and count the birds they see or hear within a radius of a quarter mile.’
      • ‘We do not allow students who live within a five-mile radius to use their cars to come to college.’
      • ‘I spent half a century here, most of it within the confines of a small radius.’
      • ‘A check of directories shows 37 hotels and motels within a three-mile radius of Florence and LaSalle.’
      • ‘It should be known in this connection that according to the relevant law, no structure of any kind can be built within a radius of 100 metres of any registered national monument.’
      • ‘It seems sensible to find somewhere with no population centres within a two-mile radius - like offshore.’
      • ‘The Ride Safe program provides rides for students, staff and faculty members from the Student Life Centre to their homes within a certain radius around campus.’
      • ‘Tests results Tuesday showed that all 20 farms within a two mile radius of the original infected farm were negative for avian influenza.’
      • ‘But one recommendation to come out of it was that masts should not be located within a radius of 500 metres of schools and homes.’
      • ‘The explosions could reach a radius of 25 meters.’
      • ‘Police are investigating links between the arson attack on December 27 and another three within a half-mile radius over the last few days.’
      • ‘B & Bs within a three-mile radius of the town were full.’
      • ‘Once Keaton laughed so hard he scared all the birds within a ten-foot radius out of their perches.’
      • ‘To calculate a radius for each hospital's market area, we limited radii to a range between 10 and 35 miles.’
      • ‘Day said location is key when making an investment and believes investors should focus on the coastal strip within a 10-mile radius of the city.’
      • ‘He concluded: ‘This year, I will enter half a dozen local races, all within a radius of 50 miles, and hope to do pretty well.’’
  • 2Anatomy
    The thicker and shorter of the two bones in the human forearm.

    Compare with ulna
    • ‘Scaphoid fractures are rare children and the elderly because of the relative weakness of the distal radius compared with the scaphoid in these age groups.’
    • ‘Common osteoporotic fracture sites include the vertebrae, the hip, the distal radius of the forearm, and the proximal humerus.’
    • ‘Bone mineral density was measured at the lumbar spine, radius, hip and femoral neck.’
    • ‘He also had tenderness bilaterally over the distal radius and ulna, and anterior tibia.’
    • ‘Abduction is movement of the hand away from the body as the proximal carpal bones move medially on the radius.’
    1. 2.1Zoology
      The corresponding bone in a vertebrate's foreleg or a bird's wing.
      • ‘For example, the radius, one of the lower bones of the foreleg, became much broader.’
      • ‘In the equid foreleg, radius and ulna are united, and the ulna is greatly reduced so that all weight is born on the radius.’
      • ‘The humerus, radius, and ulna of Adriosaurus appear to be slightly wider than those of the current specimen, but this is probably a result of crushing.’
      • ‘As is usual in chelonioids, the radius is notably longer than the ulna.’
      • ‘To fit a horse radius into a human forearm would require a physique to rival Popeye.’
    2. 2.2Zoology
      (in an echinoderm or coelenterate) any of the primary axes of radial symmetry.
    3. 2.3Biology
      Any of the main veins in an insect's wing.

Origin

Late 16th century ( radius): from Latin, literally staff, spoke, ray.

Pronunciation:

radius

/ˈrādēəs/