reverse curve

noun

: an S-shaped curve (as in a railway line or a highway) made by joining two simple curves turning in opposite directions
broadly : a stretch formed of two oppositely turning simple curves joined by a tangent

Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reverse curve was in 1821

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“Reverse curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse%20curve. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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