# Radius

## Segment in a circle or sphere from its center to its perimeter or surface and its length / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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In classical geometry, a **radius** (PL: **radii**) of a circle or sphere is any of the line segments from its center to its perimeter, and in more modern usage, it is also their length. The name comes from the latin *radius*, meaning ray but also the spoke of a chariot wheel.[1] The plural of radius can be either *radii* (from the Latin plural) or the conventional English plural *radiuses*.[2] The typical abbreviation and mathematical variable name for radius is R or r. By extension, the diameter D is defined as twice the radius:[3]

- $d\doteq 2r\quad \Rightarrow \quad r={\frac {d}{2}}.$

If an object does not have a center, the term may refer to its **circumradius**, the radius of its circumscribed circle or circumscribed sphere. In either case, the radius may be more than half the diameter, which is usually defined as the maximum distance between any two points of the figure. The inradius of a geometric figure is usually the radius of the largest circle or sphere contained in it. The inner radius of a ring, tube or other hollow object is the radius of its cavity.

For regular polygons, the radius is the same as its circumradius.[4] The inradius of a regular polygon is also called apothem. In graph theory, the radius of a graph is the minimum over all vertices *u* of the maximum distance from *u* to any other vertex of the graph.[5]

The radius of the circle with perimeter (circumference) *C* is

- $r={\frac {C}{2\pi }}$