The locus of these intersections is the quadratrix.
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.
By means of this expression we may trace the locus of a band of given order as b varies.
Newton defined the diameter of a curve of any order as the locus of the centres of the mean distances of the points of intersection of a system of parallel chords with the curve; this locus may be shown to be a straight line.
8), and became in due time a dogmatic locus in Protestantism.