Curule dignity right of sitting in the curule chair.

(||Cu*ru"ro) n. [Chilian name.] (Zoöl.) A Chilian burrowing rodent of the genus Spalacopus.

(Cur"val Cur"vant) (- vant), a. [L. curvans, p. pr. ] (Her.) Bowed; bent; curved.

(Cur"vate Cur"va*ted) a. [L. curvatus p. p. of curvare to curve, fr. curvus. See Curve.] Bent in a regular form; curved.

(Cur*va"tion) n. [L. curvatio.] The act of bending or crooking.

(Cur"va*tive) a. (Bot.) Having the margins only a little curved; — said of leaves. Henslow.

(Cur"va*ture) n. [L. curvatura. See Curvate.]

1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve. Cowper.

The elegant curvature of their fronds.

2. (Math.) The amount of degree of bending of a mathematical curve, or the tendency at any point to depart from a tangent drawn to the curve at that point.

Aberrancy of curvature(Geom.), the deviation of a curve from a circular form.Absolute curvature. See under Absolute.Angle of curvature(Geom.), one that expresses the amount of curvature of a curve.Chord of curvature. See under Chord.Circle of curvature. See Osculating circle of a curve, under Circle.Curvature of the spine(Med.), an abnormal curving of the spine, especially in a lateral direction.Radius of curvature, the radius of the circle of curvature, or osculatory circle, at any point of a curve.

(Curve) a. [L. curvus bent, curved. See Cirb.] Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface.

(Curve), n. [See Curve, a., Cirb.]

1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal.

(Cur"ti*lage) n. [OF. cortillage, curtillage, fr. cortil court, courtyard, LL. cortis court. See Court.] (Law) A yard, courtyard, or piece of ground, included within the fence surrounding a dwelling house. Burrill.

(Curt"ly) adv. In a curt manner.

(Curt"ness), n. The quality of bing curt.

(Curt"sy) n. Same as Courtesy, an act of respect.

(Cu"rule) a. [L. curulis, fr. currus a chariot: cf. F. curule.]

1. Of or pertaining to a chariot.

2. (Rom. Antiq.) Of or pertaining to a kind of chair appropriated to Roman magistrates and dignitaries; pertaining to, having, or conferring, the right to sit in the curule chair; hence, official.

The curule chair was usually shaped like a camp stool, and provided with curved legs. It was at first ornamented with ivory, and later sometimes made of ivory and inlaid with gold.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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