reverse curve


Definition of reverse curve

: 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

First Known Use of reverse curve

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse curve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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