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Let $A$ and $B$ be points in space that are neither on the same horizontal line nor on the same vertical line.

A tautochrone is a curve into which a wire is to be shaped so that a bead sliding down it (without friction) takes the same time to reach the lowest point independently of where on that wire it is released from rest.

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The word isochrone can sometimes be seen, which means the same as tautochrone.

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Linguistic Note

The word tautochrone derives from the Greek tauto- meaning same, and chrono meaning time.