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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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The artist is renowned for his mastery in creating compositions using curved shapes and curvilinear lines.
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