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 (kûr′və-lĭn′ē-ər) also cur·vi·lin·e·al (-əl)
Formed, bounded, or characterized by curved lines.

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

cur′vi·lin′e·ar′i·ty (-ē-ăr′ĭ-tē) n.
cur′vi·lin′e·ar·ly adv.


(ˌkɜːvɪˈlɪnɪə) or


1. (Mathematics) consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a curved line
2. (Mathematics) along a curved line: curvilinear motion.
3. (Mathematics) maths (of a set of coordinates) determined by or determining a system of three orthogonal surfaces
ˌcurviˌlineˈarity n
ˌcurviˈlinearly adv


(ˌkɜr vəˈlɪn i ər)

also cur`vi•lin′e•al,

1. consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure.
2. formed or characterized by curved lines.
[1700–10; < Latin curv(us) curve + -i- + linear]
cur`vi•lin`e•ar′i•ty (-ˈær ɪ ti) n.
cur`vi•lin′e•ar•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curvilinear - characterized by or following a curved line; "curvilinear tracery"; "curvilinear motion"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"


Deviating from a straight line:


adj (= full of curves) tracery etcmit vielen Rundungen or Kurven; (= curved) motion, coursegewunden; (Geometry) figurekrummlinig begrenzt
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At the same time dodging behind Durdles, and snarling at Jasper, now from this side of him, and now from that: prepared, if pounced upon, to dart away in all manner of curvilinear directions, and, if run down after all, to grovel in the dust, and cry: 'Now, hit me when I'm down
The highest blooded and best trained hound, with his game in view, could not have run with an eye more riveted than that with which the Doctor had pursued his curvilinear course.
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Each bird varies slightly in shading and detailing; luscious shingles of curvilinear strokes make up the feathers, hinting at a gutsy AbEx touch.
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Designed by renowned architect Costas Kondylis, the residences boast expansive bay windows and over-sized curvilinear corner windows which afford breathtaking views of Central Park and the reservoir.