Definition of arcuate in English:



  • Shaped like a bow; curved.

    ‘the arcuate sweep of the chain of islands’
    • ‘The most characteristic feature of this species is the dorsal surface which, when not overgrown, is relatively flat with raised outer edges and pseudopores arranged in well-defined arcuate rows.’
    • ‘These are located in an arcuate belt about 230 km long and 40 km wide, extending from Seville in Spain, to south of Lisbon in Portugal.’
    • ‘One of the most noticeable characteristics of most trenches is their arcuate plan, convex toward the subducting plate.’
    • ‘Some elements are simple: the arcuate, or V stitching on the pockets; the five pockets themselves; the metal shank buttons; the red tab; and the leather patch with the image of two horses pulling at a pair of jeans.’
    • ‘A piece of shell was broken from its ventral margin, probably by a biting predator with cone-shaped sharp teeth or denticles, because an arcuate row of small conical dimples is present on the shell just above the part that was removed.’


Late Middle English: from Latin arcuatus, past participle of arcuare to curve from arcus bow, curve.