Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Formed, bounded, or characterized by curved lines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having a curved line; consisting of or bounded by curved lines: as, a curvilinear figure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having bends; curved; curvilineal.
  • adjective geometry, art Formed by curved lines.

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

  • adjective characterized by or following a curved line

Etymologies

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

[Latin curvus, curved; see curve + linear.]

Examples

  • On this account they are generally grown in curvilinear houses, that is, houses that have glass on all sides, like that in the garden of the London Horticultural Society at Turnham Green.

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  • A more advanced version, called curvilinear EUS, allows doctors to operate within the gut while at the same time detect, biopsy and treat lesions and tumours that lie outside the intestinal wall.

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  • A more advanced form of EUS, called curvilinear EUS, allows doctors to operate within the lumen of the gut while at the same time detect, biopsy and treat lesions and tumors that lie outside the intestinal wall.

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  • A more advanced form of EUS, called curvilinear EUS, allows doctors to operate within the lumen of the gut while at the same time detect, biopsy and treat lesions and tumors that lie outside the intestinal wall.

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  • What, after all, do you call a business whose very name invokes the kind of curvilinear architecture the Jetsons once enjoyed?

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  • What, after all, do you call a business whose very name invokes the kind of curvilinear architecture the Jetsons once enjoyed?

    Ok, I know where Im not going for lunch today

  • Water-filled tubes intersected irregular rooms in a kind of curvilinear logic.

    Across The Sea Of Suns

  • The Starck Mobile features a "curvilinear" aluminum flask design and an embedded USB cable about six inches in length.

    Macworld

  • Julia prattles on about "curvilinear" lines in the architecture, which Leo enourages and Izzy look at Leo strangely (but dissimulated) because we can see she doesn't even think that Leo even knows what "curvilinear" means.

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  • When the couple married 12 years ago, Ms. Lavin assumed Mr. Lynn, an early innovator of computer-modeling technology in architecture who is also known for his curvilinear, maximalist designs, would want to create their home.

    Little House, Packed With Design

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  • One of those words that is almost as long as its definition--a line that curves. Kind of obvious, isn't it?

    October 2, 2007

  • But oh so much more sonorous.

    October 2, 2007