[ kon-kav-i-tee ]
/ kɒnˈkæv ɪ ti /

noun, plural con·cav·i·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being concave.
a concave surface or thing; cavity.


Nearby words

  1. concatenation,
  2. concato's disease,
  3. concave,
  4. concave lens,
  5. concavely,
  6. concavo-concave,
  7. concavo-concave lens,
  8. concavo-convex,
  9. concavo-convex lens,
  10. conceal

Origin of concavity

1350–1400; Middle English concavite < Late Latin concavitāt- (stem of concavitās). See con-, cave, -ity

Related formssub·con·cav·i·ty, noun, plural sub·con·cav·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concavity


/ (kɒnˈkævɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being concave
a concave surface or thing; cavity
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Word Origin and History for concavity



c.1400, from Old French concavité "hollow, concavity" (14c.) or directly from Latin concavitatem (nominative concavitas), from Latin concavus "hollow" (see concave).

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Medicine definitions for concavity


[ kŏn-kăvĭ-tē ]


A hollow or depression that is curved like the inner surface of a sphere.

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