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curl

Maths a vector quantity associated with a vector field that is the vector product of the operator ∇ and a vector function A, where ∇ = i∂/∂x + j∂/∂by + k∂/∂z, i, j, and k being unit vectors. Usually written curl A, rot A

Curl

 

of a vector field A, the vector characteristic of a “rotating component” of field A. The curl is represented by the symbol rot A. It can be interpreted in the following manner: Let A be the velocity field of a fluid flow. At a given point of the flow we place a small wheel with blades and orient its axis in the direction of rot A at that point. Then the angular velocity of the wheel’s rotation from the action of the current will be maximum, and its value will equal (| rot A |)/2. If the field A has the coordinates P(x, y, z), Q(x, y, z), and R(x, y, z), then the curl has the coordinates

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curl

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(forestry)
A block of timber cut from a crotch for cutting into veneers.
(materials)
A defect of paper caused by unequal alteration in the dimensions of the top and underside of the sheet.
(mathematics)
The curl of a vector function is a vector which is formally the cross product of the del operator and the vector. Also known as rotation (rot).

curl

A winding, swirling, or circling in the grain of wood, usually obtained from the crotch or fork of a tree; also see fiddleback.

Curl

(1) A programming environment for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs) from Curl, Inc., Cambridge, MA (www.curl.com). Conceived at MIT, Curl combines HTML markup with an object-oriented programming language. The user's machine requires the Curl runtime engine and browser plug-in for execution. The first Curl implementation was released in 2002. See RIA.

(2) (cURL) A command line utility for executing functions with URL-oriented protocols such as FTP and HTTP. Pronounced "C-URL," there are versions for Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac and other operating systems. For more information, visit http://curl.haxx.se.
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