cur·​vi·​lin·​ear | \ ˌkər-və-ˈli-nē-ər How to pronounce curvilinear (audio) \

Definition of curvilinear

1 : consisting of or bounded by curved lines : represented by a curved line
2 : marked by flowing tracery curvilinear Gothic

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Other Words from curvilinear

curvilinearity \ ˌkər-​və-​ˌli-​nē-​ˈer-​ə-​tē How to pronounce curvilinear (audio) , -​ˈa-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of curvilinear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aria Aria is a sleek, curvilinear building, complemented by contemporary features such as a water wall and public art displays. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Las Vegas," 4 Mar. 2018 Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, the instantly iconic art museum formed by sweeping, curvilinear slashes of titanium facade, opened in 1997. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "From architect to tastemaker, Bjarke Ingels is designing the future.," 2 May 2018 Jacobs's script is filled with charming parallels, yet his direction is rooted in lovely and curvilinear camera movements that complicate the geometric pattern of the characterizations. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / On Video Azazel Jacobs’s The Lovers is the most underrated American movie of 2017," 15 Dec. 2017 The curvilinear lines of the Art Deco movement (like legs of a console table) became important to balance out the strong geometric patterns. Jill Sell,, "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s can inspire a bit of the Roaring 20s in our own homes," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of curvilinear

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curvilinear

Latin curvus + linea line

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The first known use of curvilinear was in 1696

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“Curvilinear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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