Definition of incurvate in US English:



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Pronunciation /inˈkərˌvāt/
usually as adjective incurvated
  • Curve inward.

    • ‘A short stature, ill composed, not very decent, a good large Face, palish Complexion, the Body fleshy or swelling, not very straight, but incurvating somewhat with the Head.’
    • ‘The resilient wire 34 incurvates at predetermined angles so as to form the first end 38 and the second end 40.’
    • ‘As for the intracellular end, interestingly, the horn-shaped pathway incurvates so that its exit is located almost to the side of the protein.’
    • ‘This invention relates to improvements in vertical continuous casting or the casting technique of obtaining cast pieces by drawing a strand formed in a water-cooled mold downward without incurvating, and then cutting the strand.’
    • ‘The leaf petiole incurvates, the lamina swells, the central bud loses its structure and the central inflorescence does not form.’
    turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change course
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Pronunciation /inˈkərvət/
  • Curved inward.

    • ‘These measurements were recorded because they allowed us to define such attributes as incurvate base, excurvate blade, etc. in a non-subjective manner.’
    • ‘The results are in general agreement with the previous typological categories defined by Railey in showing a general progression from incurvate, thin specimens to excurvate, thicker forms through time.’
    • ‘The third sepal is saccate, with a slightly incurvate spur.’
    • ‘The base is ground and as mentioned above has a slight chip giving it an incurvate outline.’
    • ‘A rather poorly known species, the incurvate emerald occupies a narrow range from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick west to Wisconsin.’
    sunken, hollow, concave, indented, dented, pushed in, caved in, recessed, set back
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Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin incurvat- ‘bent into a curve’, from the verb incurvare.