transitive verb (-vated; -vating) Date: 1578 to cause to curve inward ; bendincurvate adjectiveincurvation nounincurvature noun

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  • Incurvate — In*cur vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Incurvated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Incurvating}.] To turn from a straight line or course; to bend; to crook. Cheyne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incurvate — In*cur vate, a. [L. incurvatus, p. p. of incurvare to crook; pref. in in + curvus bent. See {Curve}, and cf. {Incurve}.] Curved; bent; crooked. Derham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incurvate — [in kʉr′vit, in kʉr′vāt΄; in′kərvit, in′kərvāt΄; ] for v. [ in kʉr′vāt΄, in′kərvāt΄] adj. [L incurvatus, pp. of incurvare: see INCURVE] bent or curving inward vt., vi. incurvated, incurvating to bend or curve inward incurvation n. incurvature [in …   English World dictionary

  • incurvate — 1. adjective bending inwards. He noted that the flowers petals were incurvate. 2. verb a) To bend (especially inwards); to give a curved shape to. b) …   Wiktionary

  • incurvate — incurvature /in kerr veuh cheuhr/, incurvation, n. adj. /in kerr vayt , in kerr vit/; v. /in kerr vayt , in kerr vayt/, adj., v., incurvated, incurvating. adj. 1. curved, esp. inward. v.t. 2. to make curved; turn from a straight line or course;… …   Universalium

  • incurvate — v. bend or curve inward adj. curved inward, bent, incurved …   English contemporary dictionary

  • incurvate — verb ɪnkə:veɪt [usu. as adjective incurvated] curve inwards. adjective ɪn kə:vət curved inwards. Derivatives incurvation noun Origin ME: from L. incurvat , incurvare bend into a curve …   English new terms dictionary

  • incurvate — I. v. a. Bend, bow, crook, curve, make crooked. II. a. (Bot.) Hooked, curved, bowed, crooked, aduncous, arcuate …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • incurvate — in·cur·vate …   English syllables

  • incurvate — in•cur•vate [[t]ˈɪn kɜrˌveɪt, ɪnˈkɜr veɪt[/t]] v. t. vat•ed, vat•ing to cause to curve inward; bend • Etymology: 1570–80; < L incurvātus, ptp. of incurvāre to bend in, curve in•cur′va•ture və tʃər, ˌtʃʊər in cur•va′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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