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  • Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life?
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • He touched my head, which is our tradition, but my father was worried, as I had nothing but skin, no bone to protect my brain, and my head beneath the shawl was concave.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I feel the ropy hardness of his arms, the warmth of his slightly concave chest, as he holds me tight, tighter than anyone has ever held me.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • "Say, I’m starving," said Boris, standing up and stretching so that a band of stomach showed between his fatigues and ragged shirt: concave, dead white, like a starved saint’s.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • There was a six-pack, a real one, and arms that looked like real man arms, like they could actually lift something without too much effort, and a chest that was much more than the almost concave skin board I’d always known.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Fixed to the front of it was something that looked like a fencing mask, with the concave side outwards.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • A deep depression in the middle, partially filled with water, was ringed by concave slopes that cantilevered dangerously over the water.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • At the top of the cliff the globe wavered for a moment, tipped onto a railed ramp, rolled down it to a small concave platform and riddled to a halt.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Her features are concave, her face a wide platter fringed with red hair.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The blood gurgled out of the wound it made and sprayed along the concave metallic surface.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels

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  • I took the little brown quarter-sphere and pressed it, concave side in, to my eye.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • When she took in his tea she saw broken glass in the corner of the room under the concave mirror, and a golden stain that had been carelessly wiped.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The centre of the English army, rather concave, very dense, and very compact, was strongly posted.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But everything concave about Buddy had suddenly turned convex.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • It was a concave rectangle-about four yards by two-like a huge fitted sheet . the crudest approximation of a parachute imaginable.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In the middle of the concave side, there is a groove twelve inches deep, in which the extremities of the axle are lodged, and turned round as there is occasion.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • They are used by Fremen to line concave planting depressions where they provide a small but reliable source of water.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Curiously enough, the shields of Gothic suits were more inclined to be concave.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In an unobstructed sky the clouds seem more massive, sometimes grandly reflecting the earth’s curvature on their concave undersides.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • A concave mirror at the side presents to him lovelorn longlost lugubru Booloohoom.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And when you saw his chariot but appear, Have you not made an universal shout That Tiber trembled underneath her banks To hear the replication of your sounds Made in her concave shores?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • He felt better in the dark because he could not see the beds, where the blankets followed smooth concave outlines; he could not see the photographs in the frames on the bureau.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • His belly was concave under his shirt.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • His face was odd, concave, forehead and chin jutting.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Yes; I think he is not a pick-purse nor a horse-stealer; but for his verity in love, I do think him as concave as a covered goblet or a worm-eaten nut.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • This vast concave was the scene of his labours for Mr Troutham the farmer, and he descended into the midst of it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • To the level eye of humanity it stood as an indistinct mass behind a dense stockade of limes and chestnuts, set in the midst of miles of rotund down and concave field.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • LIX The city of Wintoncester, that fine old city, aforetime capital of Wessex, lay amidst its convex and concave downlands in all the brightness and warmth of a July morning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The ballies had a diameter of ten inches and a concave porcelain lid on the top that could contain water.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Here and there beggars stood on the banks of the road, rubbing concave bellies with one hand while holding out inverted straw hats.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The pit was a saucer-shaped concave, naturally formed, with a top diameter of about thirty feet, and shallow enough to allow the sunshine to reach their heads.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • I placed three fingers against his side where the ribcage seemed concave and pressed.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • A sales clerk, her concave body floating upright on the carpet, approached him; he smiled courteously, but said he preferred to browse by himself.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Coming from the cigarette-gray room to think, Moulton paced in shorts that showed his concave knees and thick huge legs; he narrowed the eyes of his great face and looked at the town as though it were all a racket.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • (Her senses feasted, between changes, on that lean, concave, Christlike body.) She snatched away his begging bowl, pedicured his horny Hindu soles and gave him back his comfortable sandals.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Pansy was not in the first of the rooms, a large apartment with a concave ceiling and walls covered with old red damask; it was here Mrs. Osmond usually sat—though she was not in her most customary place to-night—and that a circle of more especial intimates gathered about the fire.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • When I raised my arms over my head, my chest became concave.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Mannie, I’m flat broke, concave.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The plastic covering is concave with the weight of the rain, and the alligator has slumped to the ground.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • They’ll go after anything that’s warm and concave.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Robert had spindly arms and legs, a soft concave chest and little belly, and eyes that were always red and runny.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Beholding the night sky, "the amazing concave of Heaven sprinkled and glittering with stars," he was "thrown into a kind of transport" and knew such wonders to be the gifts of God, expressions of God’s love.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • On the riverbank they found a bare concave rock facing south, and stayed there for as long as the sun warmed them, lost in love-making in which sometimes Ariane’s hair hung over the edge of the rock and was lapped by the ice-cold Adige as it surged and relaxed.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The flanks of the dark, moving mass, were advanced in such a manner as to make a concave line of the front, and every fierce eye, that was glaring from the shaggy wilderness of hair in which the entire heads of the males were enveloped, was riveted with mad anxiety on the thicket.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • CHAPTER XXXVII Pansy was not in the first of the rooms, a large apartment with a concave ceiling and walls covered with old red damask; it was here Mrs. Osmond usually sat—though she was not in her most customary place to-night—and that a circle of more especial intimates gathered about the fire.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Cool, but dazzling red light has found a way through it and now lands precisely on Frau Chauchat’s head, so that while engaging her concave fellow countryman in conversation she has to raise her right hand to shield herself against it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was right then, between when I asked about the labyrinth and when she answered me, that I realized the importance of curves, of the thousand places where girls’ bodies ease from one place to another, from arc of the foot to ankle to calf, from calf to hip to waist to breast to neck to ski-slope nose to forehead to shoulder to the concave arch of the back to the butt to the etc. I’d noticed curves before, of course, but I had never quite apprehended their significance.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • The feathers were concave, which separated them from one another, making a texture of ridges which he considered graceful.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • They plunged into the concave field on the other side of which rose the village—the field wherein Jude had received a thrashing from the farmer many years earlier.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Three and a half hours later he was crossing the downs about Marygreen, and presently plunged into the concave field across which the short cut was made to the village.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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