Meaning of radius in English:


nounradii, radiuses

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

    • ‘Thus, the area of a circle is equal to half of the product of the radius and the circumference.’
    • ‘He calculates the side of a regular pentagon in terms of the radius of the circumscribed circle.’
    • ‘Recall that given a circle of radius r, the circumference is 2pr.’
    • ‘Note that this curvature is the inverse of the radius of a circle tangent to the neutral line at this point.’
    • ‘David Gregory used p/r for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its radius.’
    • ‘The hexagon is a function between the radius and circumference of the circle, and is a naturally occurring form in nature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It states that the centre of gravity of a semicircle divides the radius in the ratio 3: 7.’
    • ‘A circle of radius 6 is circumscribed by a square of side-length 12.’
    • ‘Given an angle CAB draw a circle with centre A so that AC and AB are radii of the circle.’
    • ‘The particular tablet which interests us here investigates how to calculate the radius of a circle through the vertices of an isosceles triangle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because the slices are thin, the height of the rectangle is approximately the radius, r, of the circle.’
    • ‘Company officials like to say that Rhino can go beyond high-school geometry, beyond straight lines and radiuses.’
    • ‘The radii of the given circles and n must stand in a certain relationship for the chain to close on itself.’
    • ‘So the radius of the sphere will be 1 and its surface area will be 4 Pi.’
    • ‘In the introduction he pointed out that a plane was a special case of a spherical surface, that is a sphere with infinite radius.’
    • ‘The point P is on the circumference of the circle of radius b.’
    • ‘Users can measure the distance of vertices/edges/faces, the angle of edges/faces, and the radii and diameters of circles.’
    • ‘The inverse of the radius of the circle equals the curvature in radians/m.’
    1. 1.1A radial line from the focus to any point of a curve.
      • ‘These apply to clear zones on the outside of horizontal curves with a radius of 900 m or less.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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).’
    2. 1.2The length of the radius of a circle or sphere.
      • ‘The cone shaped tip is just under one micrometer in length and has a radius of a few nanometers at its apex.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As skaters pull their arms in, their radius decreases and they spin faster.’
    3. 1.3A specified distance from a centre in all directions.
      ‘there are plenty of local pubs within a two-mile radius’
      • ‘It seems sensible to find somewhere with no population centres within a two-mile radius - like offshore.’
      • ‘The department has acquired legal powers to close all footpaths within a two-mile radius of any free-range poultry farms.’
      • ‘Teams divided into four groups, combing through a two-mile radius searching for any clue of what might have happened.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A check of directories shows 37 hotels and motels within a three-mile radius of Florence and LaSalle.’
      • ‘Tests results Tuesday showed that all 20 farms within a two mile radius of the original infected farm were negative for avian influenza.’
      • ‘We do not allow students who live within a five-mile radius to use their cars to come to college.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police are investigating links between the arson attack on December 27 and another three within a half-mile radius over the last few days.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘B & Bs within a three-mile radius of the town were full.’
      • ‘The IT professionals usually look out for areas surrounding a radius of 9 km from City Railway Station.’
      • ‘To calculate a radius for each hospital's market area, we limited radii to a range between 10 and 35 miles.’
      • ‘The explosions could reach a radius of 25 meters.’
      • ‘I spent half a century here, most of it within the confines of a small radius.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once Keaton laughed so hard he scared all the birds within a ten-foot radius out of their perches.’
      • ‘At half-mile intervals, they stop and count the birds they see or hear within a radius of a quarter mile.’
  • 2Anatomy
    The thicker and shorter of the two bones in the human forearm.

    • ‘Common osteoporotic fracture sites include the vertebrae, the hip, the distal radius of the forearm, and the proximal humerus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abduction is movement of the hand away from the body as the proximal carpal bones move medially on the radius.’
    • ‘He also had tenderness bilaterally over the distal radius and ulna, and anterior tibia.’
    • ‘Bone mineral density was measured at the lumbar spine, radius, hip and femoral neck.’
    1. 2.1Zoology The bone in a vertebrate's foreleg or a bird's wing that corresponds to the radius in a human being.
      • ‘For example, the radius, one of the lower bones of the foreleg, became much broader.’
      • ‘As is usual in chelonioids, the radius is notably longer than the ulna.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To fit a horse radius into a human forearm would require a physique to rival Popeye.’
    2. 2.2Entomology Any of the main veins in an insect's wing.
  • 3Zoology
    A radially symmetric feature in an echinoderm or coelenterate, e.g. an arm of a starfish.

verbradiuses, radiusing, radiused

[with object]
  • Give a rounded form to (a corner or edge)

    ‘Brian carefully radiused all the sharp edges and corners’
    as adjective radiused ‘the radiused edges feel sleek and unobtrusive in the hand’
    • ‘The carry bevel package is subtle, radiused by hand using emery sticks, with the sharp edges are gently broken, not belt-sanded into oblivion.’
    • ‘All of the outer edges of the handle are radiused, making for a comfortable grip.’
    • ‘Brian carefully radiused all the sharp edges and corners, blending them gently by hand with file strokes.’
    • ‘I used a 1/2-inch dry-grind diamond router bit to radius the top edges of the counter.’
    • ‘Their pleasantly radiused shape along with the secure pocket clip make this one of the most carry friendly folders I've ever used.’
    • ‘The only negative on this sixgun is that the backstrap is not radiused quite right where it bolts to the frame on both sides of the hammer.’
    • ‘The sight was nicely radiused to match the trigger group and the two holes aligned just so.’
    • ‘After checkering the main spring housing at 25 lpi, it was fit and blended into the frame with the bottom corner radiused.’
    • ‘The ejector is a long Commander style, with the nose radiused.’
    • ‘These flexible wings also blend successive passes and radius the outside edges of the skate lane to prevent ski tips from catching.’
    • ‘In place of crisp corners, radiused edges - as in Tokyo Prada - create the illusion of a jointless architecture.’
    • ‘Its exactly the same width as the green perspex panel above it, with matching radiused corners.’
    • ‘The porte-cochere piers are composed of granite bases, banded brickwork with 1-inch radiused returns, and limestone caps.’
    • ‘You can use a tube flange feature to put a radiused edge on an opening in a sheet-metal part and simultaneously extend it as a tube.’
    • ‘The bottom rolls into the hull sides with a radiused turn rather than a sharp corner-like edge and there is long wine glass-shaped keel integral with the hull.’
    • ‘The tool has a radiused ridge for cutting and edge sealing with the shape of the ridge similar to the shape desired for the edge seal.’
    • ‘A complete set would include a right and left pair, a ‘topping’ plane for the top, and radiused versions for curved sections.’
    • ‘The lock's radiused, arc-shaped design permits maximum surface contact with the blade's tang.’
    • ‘A radiused thumbhole is used to access the blade and, once again, a liner-lock secures it in place.’
    • ‘It is usual for the bar to have a suitable dimensional radiused groove, machined along its length to mould the penetration bead to a desired geometrical shape.’


Late 16th century (in radius (sense 2 of the noun)): from Latin, literally ‘staff, spoke, ray’.