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concave

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adjective con·cave \kän-ˈkāv, ˈkän-ˌkāv\

Definition of concave

  1. 1 :  hollowed or rounded inward like the inside of a bowl a concave lens

  2. 2 :  arched in :  curving in —used of the side of a curve or surface on which neighboring normals to the curve or surface converge and on which lies the chord joining two neighboring points of the curve or surface

Origin and Etymology of concave

Middle English, from Latin concavus, from com- + cavus hollow — more at cave


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concave

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noun con·cave \ˈkän-ˌkāv\

Definition of concave

  1. :  a concave line or surface

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Origin and Etymology of concave

see 1concave

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CONCAVE Defined for English Language Learners

concave

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adjective

Definition of concave for English Language Learners

  • : having a shape like the inside of a bowl : curving inward


CONCAVE Defined for Kids

concave

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adjective con·cave \kän-ˈkāv\

Definition of concave for Students

  1. :  hollow or rounded inward like the inside of a bowl


Medical Dictionary

concave

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adjective con·cave \kän-ˈkāv, ˈkän-ˌ\

Medical Definition of concave

  1. :  hollowed or rounded inward like the inside of a bowl



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