, p. p. of curtare
to shorten, fr. curtus
. See Curt
Curtate cycloid. (Math.) See Cycloid.
Shortened or reduced; -- said of the distance of a planet from the sun or earth, as measured in the plane of the ecliptic, or the distance from the sun or earth to that point where a perpendicular, let fall from the planet upon the plane of the ecliptic, meets the ecliptic. [1913 Webster]