or cur·vi·lin·e·al

[ kur-vuh-lin-ee-er ]
/ ˌkɜr vəˈlɪn i ər /


consisting of or bounded by curved lines: a curvilinear figure.
forming or moving in a curved line.
formed or characterized by curved lines.

Origin of curvilinear

1700–10; < Latin curv(us) curve + -i- + linear

Related forms

cur·vi·lin·e·ar·i·ty [kur-vuh-lin-ee-ar-i-tee] /ˌkɜr vəˌlɪn iˈær ɪ ti/, nouncur·vi·lin·e·ar·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curvilinear



/ (ˌkɜːvɪˈlɪnɪə) /


consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a curved line
along a curved linecurvilinear motion
maths (of a set of coordinates) determined by or determining a system of three orthogonal surfaces

Derived Forms

curvilinearity, nouncurvilinearly, adverb
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Science definitions for curvilinear


[ kûr′və-lĭnē-ər ]

Formed, bounded, or characterized by curved lines.

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