Definition of incurve in English:


Pronunciation /inˈkərv/ /ɪnˈkərv/

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Curve inward.

    ‘the petals have a tendency to incurve’
    • ‘Anemone-centred, pompon, spider-form, incurved, reflexed and quill-shaped are names attributed to some of the flower shapes.’
    • ‘Outer lip thin, long, with anterior end projected and incurved.’
    • ‘It can readily be distinguished by its subspherical, non-alate shell, incurved ventral beak and higher, posteriorly trilobate cardinal process.’
    • ‘Theca lobate in dorsal or ventral view, with depressed, incurved interray areas.’
    • ‘The relief depicts a pair of lions (their missing heads were probably made from a different, more valuable material); standing with their forepaws on altars with incurved sides, they flank a central column.’
    • ‘The shape of the violin - the upper bout or shoulders, the incurved waist, the lower bout or hips - were the creation of the unknown 15th-century inventor.’
    • ‘Radials about equal in height and width, with incurved distal-lateral edges on either side of radial facet.’
    • ‘The Pentamerida were biconvex with incurved beaks and were characterized by an internal muscle platform, the spondylium.’
    • ‘The sofa's four rear legs have the incurving rake typically seen on Salem chairs but rarely on sofas.’
    • ‘Ray florets are generally broad, flat or slightly incurved at their margins with blunt points.’
    • ‘The latter, however, have a tendency to stand erect, although the tip finally incurves, more or less.’
    • ‘Inner florets remain incurved at the early stage concealing the disc florets of the bloom.’
    • ‘Usually a flower is open for only one day (for a few hours); the corolla then incurves as it wilts.’
    • ‘Because of their incurved leaves, the plant is narrow and can be grown at a tighter spacing.’
    • ‘A medium bronze intermediate of incurving form with a lovely glowing autumn colour.’
    • ‘The outer petals are only gently incurved, and the inner petals are increasingly incurved as they near the center.’
    • ‘Blooms were misshapen, small and nothing like the incurving form I had expected.’
    • ‘The florets incurve or reflex in a regular manner and fully conceal the center.’
    • ‘Many of the popular commercial incurving types are in this intermediate class.’
    • ‘An especially simple and efficient structure is obtained when the liquid nozzle has the shape of a tube with an incurving bottom in which at least two nozzle orifices are made.’
    bend, turn, loop, wind, meander, undulate, snake, spiral, twist, coil, curl


Late Middle English from Latin incurvare, from in- ‘in, towards’ + curvare ‘to curve’.