a) The act of acquiring or being given a curved form; a curving or bending; any instance of this.

The incurvation or bending of a ray of light, incident on such a surface.

b) The state of being curved or bent; any curved shape or formation; curvature; a curve; a bend.

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  • incurvation — [ ɛ̃kyrvasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1585, repris 1803; de incurver ♦ Didact. Action d incurver; son résultat. ⇒ courbe, courbure. ⊗ CONTR. Redressement. ● incurvation nom féminin (latin incurvatio, onis) Action d incurver ; fait d être incurvé. ⇒INCURVATION …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Incurvation — In cur*va tion, n. [L. incurvatio: cf. F. incurvation.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of bending, or curving. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being bent or curved; curvature. [1913 Webster] An incurvation of the rays. Derham. [1913 Webster] 3. The act …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incurvation — (v. lat.), Krümmung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Incurvation — Incurvation, lat. dtsch., Krümmung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • incurvation — (in kur va sion) s. f. Terme didactique. Action d incurver, résultat de cette action. L incurvation de l épine dorsale. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. incurvationem, de incurvare, incurver …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • incurvation — noun see incurvate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • INCURVATION — n. f. Action d’incurver ou Résultat de cette action …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • incurvation — See incurvate. * * * …   Universalium

  • incurvation — An inward curvature; a bending inward. * * * in·cur·va·tion (in″kər vaґshən) [L. incurvare to bend in] a condition of being bent in …   Medical dictionary

  • incurvation — n. act of curving or bending; curve, bend; inward curve …   English contemporary dictionary

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