AskDefine | Define cusp

Dictionary Definition

cusp

Noun

1 point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
2 a thin triangular flap of a heart valve [syn: leaflet]
3 small elevation on the grinding surface of a tooth

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /kʌsp/

Etymology

From cuspis.

Noun

  1. A sharp point or pointed end.
  2. An important moment when a decision is made that will determine future events.
  3. A point of a curve where it has two tangents.
  4. A boundary between zodiacal signs and houses.
  5. Any of the pointed parts of a canine tooth or molar.

Related terms

Translations

sharp point or pointed end
important moment when a decision is made
point of a curve where it has two tangents
in astrology
in dentistry

Extensive Definition

Cusp may refer to:
cusp in French: Cusp
cusp in Russian: Касп
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