from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of incurving or bending.
  • noun The state of being incurved or bent; curvature, as of the spine; crookedness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of bending, or curving.
  • noun The state of being bent or curved; curvature.
  • noun The act of bowing, or bending the body, in respect or reverence.

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

  • noun The act of acquiring or being given a curved form; a curving or bending; any instance of this.
  • noun obsolete Bowing in reverence or worship.
  • noun The state of being curved or bent; any curved shape or formation; curvature; a curve; a bend.
  • noun A curving inwards; the condition of being curved inwards.

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

  • noun the action of creating a curved shape
  • noun a shape that curves or bends inward


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  • Among the older writers who describe incurvation or torsion of the penis are

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Among the older writers who describe incurvation or torsion of the penis are Arantius, 6.435 the Ephemerides, Haenel, * [401] Petit, 6.436 Schurig, Tulpius, 6.437 and Zacchias.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Our mutual malice and animosities which have caused this incurvation.

    Good Thoughts in Bad Times and Other Papers.

  • With the second leaf there was a trace of incurvation in

    Insectivorous Plants

  • We have seen that insects washed down by the rain from all parts of the leaf often lodge within the margins, which are thus excited to curl farther inwards; and we may suspect that this action, many times repeated during the life of the plant, leads to their permanent and well-marked incurvation.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • No distinct difference was perceptible; certainly none in the degree of incurvation; but the incurvation round the bits of sponge lasted rather longer, as might perhaps have been expected from the sponge remaining damp and supplying nitrogenous matter for a longer time.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • Another fly was now put on the same spot to see whether this leaf, on which the first fly had been left 24 hrs., would move again; after 10 hrs. there was a trace of incurvation, but this did not increase during the next 24 hrs.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • The incurvation thus caused lasted for an unusually short time.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • The incurvation increased slightly during the next 4 1/2 hrs., but remained nearly the same for the next 17 hrs.

    Insectivorous Plants

  • This incurvation serves, as already shown, to prevent insects from being washed away by the rain; but it likewise serves for another end.

    Insectivorous Plants


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  • 1608 HIERON Defence III. 156 All incurvation and bowing of the body unto Images.

    July 28, 2008

  • "showing ... the bloom along the incurvation of her spine"

    March 1, 2011