## Another word for locus

The place where a person or thing is located:

emplacement, location, placement, position, site, situation. See placeA particular portion of space chosen for something:

location, place, point, spot. See place

- Such a curve may be regarded geometrically as actually described, or kinematically as in the course of description by the motion of a point; in the former point of view, it is the
**locus**of all the points which satisfy a given condition; in the latter, it is the**locus**of a point moving subject to a given condition. - Thus the most simple and earliest known curve, the circle, is the
**locus**of all the points at a given distance from a fixed centre, or else the**locus**of a point moving so as to be always at a given distance from a fixed centre. - A conic section (or as we now say a " conic ") is the
**locus**of a point such that its distance from a given point, the focus, is in a given ratio to its (perpendicular) distance from a given line, the directrix; or it is the**locus**of a point which moves so as always to satisfy the foregoing condition. - Similarly any other property might be used as a definition; an ellipse is the
**locus**of a point such that the sum of its distances from two fixed points (the foci) is constant, &c., &c. - In a machine of any kind, each point describes a curve; a simple but important instance is the " three-bar curve," or
**locus**of a point in or rigidly connected with a bar pivoted on to two other bars which rotate about fixed centres respectively.

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