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**curvature**| curve | curve ball | curved | curved shape | curvedness

# curvature

## CIDE DICTIONARY

- The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve.
*Cowper.*[*1913 Webster*]"The elegant curvature of their fronds." [*1913 Webster*] - The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a tangent drawn to the curve at that point. [
*1913 Webster*]

**Aberrancy of curvature**

*(Geom.)*,

**Absolute curvature**.

**Angle of curvature**

*(Geom.)*,

**Chord of curvature**.

**Circle of curvature**.

**Curvature of the spine**

*(Med.)*,

**Radius of curvature**,

## OXFORD DICTIONARY

**curvature**, n.

1 the act or state of curving.

2 a curved form.

3 Geom. a the deviation of a curve from a straight line, or of a curved surface from a plane. b the quantity expressing this.

Etymology

OF f. L curvatura (as CURVE)

## ROGET THESAURUS

**curvature**

### Curvature

**N**curvature, curvity, curvation, incurvature, incurvity, incurvation, bend, flexure, flexion, flection, conflexure, crook, hook, bought, bending, deflection, deflexion, inflection, inflexion, concameration, arcuation, devexity, turn, deviation, detour, sweep, curl, curling, bough, recurvity, recurvation, sinuosity, kink, carve, arc, arch, arcade, vault, bow, crescent, half-moon, lunule, horseshoe, loop, crane neck, parabola, hyperbola, helix, spiral, catenary, festoon, conchoid, cardioid, caustic, tracery, arched ceiling, arched roof, bay window, bow window, sine curve, spline, spline curve, spline function, obliquity, curved, curviform, curvilineal, curvilinear, devex, devious, recurved, recurvous, crump, bowed, vaulted, hooked, falciform, falcated, semicircular, crescentic, sinusoid, parabolic, paraboloid, luniform, lunular, semilunar, conchoidal, helical, double helical, spiral, kinky, cordiform, cordated, cardioid, heart shaped, bell shaped, boat shaped, crescent shaped, lens shaped, moon shaped, oar shaped, shield shaped, sickle shaped, tongue shaped, pear shaped, fig shaped, kidney-shaped, reniform, lentiform, lenticular, bow-legged, oblique, circular, aduncated, arclike, arcuate, arched, beaked, bicorn, bicornuous, bicornute, clypeate, clypeiform, cymbiform, embowed, galeiform, hamate, hamiform, hamous, hooked, linguiform, lingulate, lobiform, lunate, navicular, peltate, remiform, rhamphoid, rostrate, rostriferous, rostroid, scutate, scaphoid, uncate, unguiculate, unguiform.

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