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adjective con·vex \kän-ˈveks; ˈkän-ˌ, kən-ˈ\

Definition of convex

  1. 1 a :  curved or rounded outward like the exterior of a sphere or circle b :  being a continuous function or part of a continuous function with the property that a line joining any two points on its graph lies on or above the graph

  2. 2 a of a set of points :  containing all points in a line joining any two constituent points b of a geometric figure :  comprising a convex set when combined with its interior <a convex polygon>

Origin and Etymology of convex

Middle French or Latin; Middle French convexe, from Latin convexus vaulted, concave, convex, from com- + -vexus; perhaps akin to Latin vehere to carry — more at way


First Known Use: 1571

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CONVEX Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective con·vex \kän-ˈveks; ˈkän-ˌ, kən-ˈ\

Definition of convex for English Language Learners

  • : having a shape like the outside of a bowl : curving outward


CONVEX Defined for Kids

convex

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adjective con·vex \kän-ˈveks, ˈkän-ˌveks\

Definition of convex for Students

  1. :  rounded like the outside of a ball or circle


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adjective con·vex \kän-ˈveks; ˈkän-ˌ, kən-ˈ\

Medical Definition of convex

  1. :  curved or rounded like the exterior of a sphere or circle <convex lenses are used to correct for farsightedness>

convexity

\kən-ˈvek-sət-ē, kän-\play noun plural

convexities


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