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 (är′kyo͞o-ĭt, -āt′) also ar·cu·at·ed (-ā′tĭd)
Having the form of a bow; curved.

[Latin arcuātus, past participle of arcuāre, to bend like a bow, from arcus, bow.]

ar′cu·ate·ly adv.


(ˈɑːkjuːɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


shaped or bent like an arc or bow: arcuate leaves; arcuate fibres of the cerebrum.
[C17: from Latin arcuāre, from arcus arc]
ˈarcuately adv


(ˈɑr kyu ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

curved like a bow.
[1620–30; < Latin arcuātus, past participle of arcuāre to bend <arcus bow]
ar′cu•ate•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arcuate - forming or resembling an archarcuate - forming or resembling an arch; "an arched ceiling"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
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"
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Frons with conspicuous arcuated lateral carinae extending at the base of torulus until near central ocellus (Figure 6, see arrow), interantennal carina distinct.
Median lobe of aedeagus narrowed apically, lateral margin weakly arcuated; basal region of parameres broad, narrowed apically, apical third constricted, slightly longer than median lobe, four setae present with two at apex (Figs.
Beginning, then, once more with several of the many examples that exist in early Italian art, the third category of representations featuring an arcuated baldachin, this one including both narrative scenes and iconic depictions, consists of images stressing the idea of enthronement.
The sources for the arcuated throne canopy symbolizing divine, or divinely educed, rule are plentiful; and here again, as for arcuated tomb baldachins and altar ciboria, Byzantine artists played an important role.
The Ludwig Erhard Haus is a sort of cousin of Waterloo, in that it is an arcuated building made on an irregular site, so generating a very complex envelope geometry, curving in both plan and section.
But one might argue plausibly that architects and their patrons knowingly court those two related, near-universal sensations--awe and the immanence of the divine--every time they raise a dome or, for that matter, any graceful arcuated structure, whether on a grand or intimate scale.