from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In astronomy, the difference between a planet's true distance from the sun and its curtate distance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Astron.) The interval by which the curtate distance of a planet is less than the true distance.
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- noun astronomy The
intervalof a planetsorbit in which its curtateor shorteneddistance is less than the true distance.
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jmjarmstrong commented on the word curtation
JM notes with pleasure (and a certain degree of non-surprise) that curtation really is the difference between curtate distance and true distance – true!
August 17, 2009