curvilinear
adjective Etymology: Latin curvus + linea line Date: 1696 1. consisting of or bounded by curved lines ; represented by a curved line 2. marked by flowing tracery <
curvilinear Gothic
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curvilinearity noun

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  • curvilinear — index sinuous, tortuous (bending) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • curvilinear — 1710, from curvi , comb. form of L. curvus (see CURVE (Cf. curve)) + linearis, from linea line (see LINE (Cf. line) (n.)). Earlier was curvilineal (1650s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • curvilinear — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ contained by or consisting of a curved line or lines …   English terms dictionary

  • curvilinear — [kʉr΄və lin′ē ər] adj. consisting of or enclosed by a curved line or lines: also curvilineal curvilinearly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Curvilinear — Curvilineal Cur vi*lin e*al ( al), Curvilinear Cur vi*lin e*ar ( ?r), a. [L. curvus bent + E. lineal, linear.] Consisting of, or bounded by, curved lines; as, a curvilinear figure. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curvilinear — curvilinearity /kerr veuh lin ee ar i tee/, n. curvilinearly, adv. /kerr veuh lin ee euhr/, adj. 1. consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure. 2. forming or moving in a curved line. 3. formed or characterized by curved lines …   Universalium

  • curvilinear —    Formed or characterized by curving lines. Elements of late Gothic and Art Nouveau ornament are examples of curvilinear treatment of form. Also curvilineal …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • curvilinear — cur•vi•lin•e•ar [[t]ˌkɜr vəˈlɪn i ər[/t]] also cur vi•lin′e•al adj. 1) math. cv consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure[/ex] 2) math. cv formed or characterized by curved lines • Etymology: 1700–10; < L curv(us) curve+ i …   From formal English to slang

  • curvilinear — /kɜvəˈlɪniə / (say kervuh lineeuh) adjective 1. consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure. 2. forming, or moving in a curved line. 3. formed, or characterised by, curved lines. Also, curvilineal …   Australian English dictionary

  • curvilinear — adjective a) Having bends; curved; curvilineal. b) Formed by curved lines …   Wiktionary

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