Definition of incurve in English:



[no object]usually as adjective incurved
  • Curve inwards.

    ‘incurved horns’
    • ‘It can readily be distinguished by its subspherical, non-alate shell, incurved ventral beak and higher, posteriorly trilobate cardinal process.’
    • ‘Usually a flower is open for only one day (for a few hours); the corolla then incurves as it wilts.’
    • ‘The shape of the violin - the upper bout or shoulders, the incurved waist, the lower bout or hips - were the creation of the unknown 15th-century inventor.’
    • ‘Anemone-centred, pompon, spider-form, incurved, reflexed and quill-shaped are names attributed to some of the flower shapes.’
    • ‘The Pentamerida were biconvex with incurved beaks and were characterized by an internal muscle platform, the spondylium.’
    • ‘Many of the popular commercial incurving types are in this intermediate class.’
    • ‘The latter, however, have a tendency to stand erect, although the tip finally incurves, more or less.’
    • ‘The florets incurve or reflex in a regular manner and fully conceal the center.’
    • ‘Outer lip thin, long, with anterior end projected and incurved.’
    • ‘Ray florets are generally broad, flat or slightly incurved at their margins with blunt points.’
    • ‘Because of their incurved leaves, the plant is narrow and can be grown at a tighter spacing.’
    • ‘The relief depicts a pair of lions (their missing heads were probably made from a different, more valuable material); standing with their forepaws on altars with incurved sides, they flank a central column.’
    • ‘Inner florets remain incurved at the early stage concealing the disc florets of the bloom.’
    • ‘Theca lobate in dorsal or ventral view, with depressed, incurved interray areas.’
    • ‘The outer petals are only gently incurved, and the inner petals are increasingly incurved as they near the center.’
    • ‘An especially simple and efficient structure is obtained when the liquid nozzle has the shape of a tube with an incurving bottom in which at least two nozzle orifices are made.’
    • ‘A medium bronze intermediate of incurving form with a lovely glowing autumn colour.’
    • ‘Blooms were misshapen, small and nothing like the incurving form I had expected.’
    • ‘The sofa's four rear legs have the incurving rake typically seen on Salem chairs but rarely on sofas.’
    • ‘Radials about equal in height and width, with incurved distal-lateral edges on either side of radial facet.’
    bend, turn, loop, wind, meander, undulate, snake, spiral, twist, coil, curl
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Late Middle English: from Latin incurvare, from in- ‘in, towards’ + curvare ‘to curve’.