Definitions

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  • adj. Having bends; curved; curvilinear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, or bounded by, curved lines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as curvilinear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by or following a curved line

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Examples

  • We understand that Colonel Delafield has already, upon a small scale, made some very successful experiments of curvilineal dikes, constructed with caissons of concrete; and we have no doubt that, with adequate means at his disposal, this ingenious engineer could avert the dangers which threaten, not only the fort, but the noble harbor of New York.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Thus Sir Isaac Newton saw that the curvilineal motion of the moon in her orbit, and of a projectile at the surface of the earth, were phenomena of the same kind, and might be explained from the same principle extended from the earth so as to reach the moon, and that the moon was only a greater projectile that received its motion in the beginning of things from the Almighty Author of the

    Aether and Gravitation

  • An important advance upon this theory was made by Horrox, who, in his study of celestial dynamics, attributed the curvilineal motion of the planets to the influence of two forces, one projective, the other attractive.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • Indeed the bitumen beneath this road seems still to be on the move, as shown by curvilineal ridges on its surface, like waves receding from a stone thrown into water.

    The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II

  • "The properties of the spiral, and the quadrature of the parabola were added to ancient geometry by Archimedes, the last being a great step in the progress of the science, since it was the first curvilineal space legitimately squared."

    The Old Roman World, : the Grandeur and Failure of Its Civilization.

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