or cur·vi·lin·e·al

  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

1700–10; < Latin curv(us) curve + -i- + linear
Related formscur·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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for curvilinearity



  1. consisting of, bounded by, or characterized by a curved line
  2. along a curved linecurvilinear motion
  3. maths (of a set of coordinates) determined by or determining a system of three orthogonal surfaces
Derived Formscurvilinearity, nouncurvilinearly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for curvilinearity



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

curvilinearity in Science


  1. Formed, bounded, or characterized by curved lines.
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