Definition:Circle/Radius

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This page is about the radius of a circle. For other uses, see Definition:Radius.

Definition

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A radius of a circle is a straight line segment whose endpoints are the center and the circumference of the circle.

In the above diagram, the line $AB$ is a radius.


Linguistic Note

The plural of radius is radii, pronounced ray-dee-eye.

This irregular plural form stems from the Latin origin of the word radius, meaning ray.

The ugly incorrect form radiuses can apparently be found, but rarely in a mathematical context.