*Preprint*

**Inserted:** 27 feb 2018

**Last Updated:** 27 feb 2018

**Year:** 2018

**Abstract:**

Self-contractedness (or self-expandedness, depending on the orientation) is hereby extended in two natural ways giving rise, for any $\lambda\in\lbrack-1,1)$, to the metric notion of $\lambda $-curve and the (weaker) geometric notion of $\lambda$-cone property ($\lambda$-eel). In the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^{d}$ it is established that for $\lambda\in\lbrack-1,1/d)$ bounded $\lambda$-curves have finite length. For $\lambda\geq 1/\sqrt{5}$ it is always possible to construct bounded curves of infinite length in ${\mathbb{R}}^{3}$ which do satisfy the $\lambda $-cone property. This can never happen in ${\mathbb{R}}^{2}$ though: it is shown that all bounded planar curves with the $\lambda$-cone property have finite length.

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