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# curvilinear

### or curvilineal

[kur-vuh-lin-ee-er] /ˌkɜr vəˈlɪn i ər/
adjective
1.
consisting of or bounded by curved lines:
a curvilinear figure.
2.
forming or moving in a curved line.
3.
formed or characterized by curved lines.
Origin of curvilinear
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin curv(us) curve + -i- + linear
Related forms
curvilinearity
[kur-vuh-lin-ee-ar-i-tee] /ˌkɜr vəˌlɪn iˈær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
curvilinearly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for curvilinearity

## curvilinear

/ˌkɜːvɪˈlɪnɪə/
adjective
1.
consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a curved line
2.
along a curved line: curvilinear motion
3.
(maths) (of a set of coordinates) determined by or determining a system of three orthogonal surfaces
Derived Forms
curvilinearity, noun
curvilinearly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curvilinearity

## curvilinear

adj.

1710, from curvi-, comb. form of Latin curvus (see curve (v.)) + linearis, from linea "line" (see line (n.)). Earlier was curvilineal (1650s).

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curvilinearity in Science
 curvilinear   (kûr'və-lĭn'ē-ər)    Formed, bounded, or characterized by curved lines.
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