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recurve

[ri-kurv] /rɪˈkɜrv/
verb (used with or without object), recurved, recurving.
1.
to curve or bend back or backward.
Origin of recurve
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin recurvāre, equivalent to re- re- + curvāre to curve
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  • An appendage at that point is considered to spoil the recurve or obstruction.

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  • The abutment is at right angles and therefore spoils the recurve.

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  • Placing the delta upon the recurve would spoil that recurve.

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  • It must be free of any appendages abutting upon the outside of the recurve at a right angle.

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  • These tented arches have two of the loop characteristics, recurve and delta, but lack the third, the ridge count.

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  • This pattern has a recurve and a separate delta, but it still lacks the ridge count necessary to make it a loop.

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  • There are also the elements of the type approaching a loop, as it has a delta and ridge count but lacks a recurve.

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  • An appendage connected at that point is considered to spoil the recurve on that side.

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  • The second recurve, however, need not be a continuation of—or even connected with—the first.

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  • If no second recurve is present, an obstruction at right angles to the inner line of flow is acceptable in lieu of it.

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British Dictionary definitions for recurve

recurve

/rɪˈkɜːv/
verb
1.
to curve or bend (something) back or down or (of something) to be so curved or bent
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recurvāre from re- + curvāre to curve
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