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curved \curved\ adj.

  1. not straight; having or marked by curves. Opposite of straight.

    Note: [Narrower terms: arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate, bowed; falcate, sickle-shaped; flexuous; incurvate, incurved: recurved, recurvate; semicircular: serpentine, snaky: sinuate, sinuous, wavy: sinusoidal]

    Syn: curving.

  2. (Botany) curved with the micropyle near the base almost touching its stalk; -- of a plant ovule. Opposite of orthotropous.

    Syn: campylotropous.


a. In the form of a wave, especially one whose amplitude varies in proportion to the sine of some variable (such as time).


adj. having a succession of waves or curves


Usage examples of "sinusoidal".

I leaned against the building and flicked the right hand rope hatd, sending a sinusoidal wave traveling up the line.