Definitions for: Locus


[n] the set of all points or lines that satisfy or are determined by specific conditions; "the locus of points equidistant from a given point is a circle"
[n] the specific site of a particular gene on its chromosome
[n] the scene of any event or action (especially the place of a meeting)



Webster (1913) Definition: Lo"cus, n.; pl. Loci, & Loca. [L., place. Cf.
Allow, Couch, Lieu, Local.]
1. A place; a locality.

2. (Math.) The line traced by a point which varies its
position according to some determinate law; the surface
described by a point or line that moves according to a
given law.

Plane locus, a locus that is a straight line, or a circle.


Solid locus, a locus that is one of the conic sections.

Synonyms: locale, venue

See Also: scene, set, site, situation

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