re·​curve | \ ˈrē-ˌkərv How to pronounce recurve (audio) \

Definition of recurve

: an archery bow whose tips are curved toward the back

Examples of recurve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the competitors use short, light bows with a draw weight of from 25-35 pounds that are similar to a recurve but are lacking a shelf or arrow rest. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Ancient martial art combines horseback riding, archery skills," 24 May 2018 The devices are deadly effective and have a range far surpassing that of compound or recurve bows. Todd Masson,, "Parents unhappy with spread of toothpick crossbows: report," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of recurve

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Recurve.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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