# curvilinear

## curvilinear

[kur-vuh-lin-ee-er]
adjective
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.
Also, curvilineal.

Origin:
1700–10; < Latin curv(us) curve + -i- + linear

curvilinearity [kur-vuh-lin-ee-ar-i-tee] , noun
curvilinearly, adverb
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 curvilinear or curvilineal (ˌkɜːvɪˈlɪnɪə) —adj 1. consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a curved line 2. along a curved line: curvilinear motion 3. maths (of a set of coordinates) determined by or determining a system of three orthogonal surfaces curvilineal or curvilineal —adj curviline'arity or curvilineal —n curvi'linearly or curvilineal —adv

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curvilinear
1710, from curvi-, comb. form of L. curvus (see curve) + linearis, from linea "line" (see line (n.)). Earlier was curvilineal (1650s).
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 curvilinear   (kûr'və-lĭn'ē-ər)  Pronunciation Key  Formed, bounded, or characterized by curved lines.
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On the far end of the pit was another gallery space, a curvilinear concrete structure with a concave roof.
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