degrees of freedom
- plural noun the number of variables in a set that are free to vary independently of each other
- The manners in which a system or component can move in space.
- The manners in which a robotic manipulator or its components can move. A robotic manipulator with six degrees of freedom would have three in the arm and three in the wrist: vertical movement, radial traverse, rotational traverse, wrist pitch, wrist roll, and wrist yaw. Also called robot degrees of freedom.