Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to bend or to bend into an inward curve.
  • n. An inward curve.

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  • v. To cause something to curve inwards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bend; to curve; to make crooked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make crooked; bend; curve; specifically, to cause to curve or bend inward: as, the incurved antennæ of an insect.
  • To curve or bend inward.
  • n. In base-ball, lawn-bowls, bowling, etc., a ball so pitched or rolled by a right-handed man as to curve to the right.

Etymologies

Middle English incurven, to twist, distort, from Latin incurvāre, to curve in, be crooked : in-, in; see in-2 + curvus, curve; see curve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • According to The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary, the incurve was the “pitch now known as a screwball.”

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • A so-called incurve is nothing more than a ball thrown in a natural way with great force.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • The language of the game changes substantially in every generation; a rising fastball becomes a four-seam fastball which becomes a four-seamer, a forkball becomes a split-fingered fastball which becomes a splitter, a drop curve becomes an overhand curve which becomes a 12-to-6 curve, an incurve becomes a fadeaway, a fadeaway becomes a screwball, and now almost nobody throws a screwball but people throw a circle change-up that does the same thing, sort of.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • Or “incurve,” a term commonly used as the nineteenth century became the twentieth.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • In a 1908 instructional book called How to Pitch, Bill Dineen says of the incurve/inshoot he used the terms interchangeably, “Speed is necessary for an inshoot … Do not become discouraged if you fail to see the ball positively change its course as it does in an outcurve … Practice will succeed in giving a sharp break to the ball, which may not amount to more than an inch or two …”

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • One might assume that the incurve is simply the reverse of the outcurve, which would be the reverse of the curveball … which is to say, a screwball.

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • The blade is two-edged, widening from a sharp point to two shoulders from 3 to 4 centimeters apart, whence the edges incurve gradually and finally end in two projecting spurs 3 or 4 centimeters apart.

    The Manóbos of Mindanáo Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XXIII, First Memoir

  • It developed presently, that this was now his intention and that the Rube knew it and pitched him the one ball which is almost impos - sible to bunt -- a high incurve, over the inside corner.

    The Redheaded Outfield

  • He knew what he wanted, and by and by he got one -- one about knee-high with a little incurve to it.

    The U-boat hunters

  • It developed presently, that this was now his intention and that the Rube knew it and pitched him the one ball which is almost impossible to bunt -- a high incurve, over the inside corner.

    The Redheaded Outfield

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