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recurve

[ri-kurv]
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verb (used with or without object), re·curved, re·curv·ing.
  1. to curve or bend back or backward.
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Origin of recurve

1590–1600; < Latin recurvāre, equivalent to re- re- + curvāre to curve
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  • The abutment is at right angles and therefore spoils the recurve.

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  • An appendage at that point is considered to spoil the recurve or obstruction.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for recurve

recurve

verb
  1. to curve or bend (something) back or down or (of something) to be so curved or bent
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin recurvāre from re- + curvāre to curve
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