One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]usually as adjective incurvated
turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change courseView synonyms
- ‘As for the intracellular end, interestingly, the horn-shaped pathway incurvates so that its exit is located almost to the side of the protein.’
- ‘The resilient wire 34 incurvates at predetermined angles so as to form the first end 38 and the second end 40.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
sunken, hollow, concave, indented, dented, pushed in, caved in, recessed, set backView synonyms
- ‘A rather poorly known species, the incurvate emerald occupies a narrow range from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick west to Wisconsin.’
- ‘The base is ground and as mentioned above has a slight chip giving it an incurvate outline.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These measurements were recorded because they allowed us to define such attributes as incurvate base, excurvate blade, etc. in a non-subjective manner.’
- ‘The third sepal is saccate, with a slightly incurvate spur.’
Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin incurvat- ‘bent into a curve’, from the verb incurvare.
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