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

Definition of recurve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an archery bow with tips that curve away from the string side when the bow is not strung Primitive bows are simply a stick and string; a recurve adds a curve on each limb of the bow.— Will Elliott often used before another nouna recurve bow
2 : a curve in a backward or reverse direction A number of computer models indicate that the storm may cross the Florida peninsula and enter the Gulf of Mexico … . A recurve to the north into Georgia is a possibility …— Pam Knox


recurved; recurving; recurves

Definition of recurve (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to curve or turn in a backward or reverse direction especially, of a weather disturbance : to reverse the direction of travel by curving back … it's common for a hurricane like Irma to near the East Coast but then recurve away, after hitting a force field in the form of westerly winds at the upper levels of the atmosphere. — Andrew Freedman

Examples of recurve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To him, any animal taken with a recurve was an accomplishment. Beka Garris, Outdoor Life, "This Recurve Bow Is Hunting Its Way Across the Country, and Keeping the Spirit of Fred Bear Alive," 16 Dec. 2020 Ellison, 32, is ranked No. 1 in the world in recurve and coming off one of his best seasons before the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Three-time Olympic archer Brady Ellison becomes first-time father," 18 Nov. 2020 Even with the high ground, and rams in sight, the odds are still low for someone carrying a recurve. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "The Dall Sheep That Almost Killed Me," 9 Sep. 2020 That fall Austin shot Ol’ Mossy Horns with his recurve bow and set a P&Y world record that would stand for 38 years. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "10 of the Biggest World-Record Bucks Ever," 11 June 2020 For $169, includes easy-to-string take-down recurve bow with elevated rest and laminated wood riser, three 29″ solid fiberglass arrows, bowstring and bowstringer, paper target, and tournament-style nylon hip quiver with metal belt clip. Mark Heim |, al, "Father’s Day gifts for the outdoors dad: LL Bean, Backcountry sales include bikes, fishing, hunting," 5 June 2020 Arizona native Brady, ranked No. 1 in the world in recurve archery, is a three-time Olympian who was individual bronze medalist in 2016 and has two team silver medals. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Olympic archer Brady Ellison and wife Toja expecting their first child," 30 May 2020 Excalibur continues its tradition of crafting crossbows that feature traditional-style recurve limbs and the Assassin 400 TD is the company’s latest addition to its Micro platform. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "The Hottest New Hunting Crossbows for 2020," 12 Jan. 2020 An appreciation for the graceful shape of a recurve or longbow is intuitive in people of all ages and instills the urge to brace an arrow and let one fly. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Ways to Get Kids Interested in Archery," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of recurve


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1610, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Recurve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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