Meaning of quadric in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkwɒdrɪk/


  • (of a surface or curve) described by an equation of the second degree.

    • ‘His doctorate was awarded by Leiden in 1870 for a dissertation Homography applied to the theory of quadric surfaces.’


  • A quadric surface or curve.

    ‘His work in geometry included a study of conics, quadrics and projective geometry.’
    • ‘The equation of the scroll of tangents of the common curve of two quadrics is due to Cayley in 1850.’
    • ‘The book contains a wealth of information concerning the projective geometry of conics and quadrics.’
    • ‘He also published a number of papers on the cubic surface, studying lines on the surface, and other topics such as the Schur quadric.’


Mid 19th century from Latin quadra ‘square’ + -ic.