noun
- The definition of a curve is a smooth bend.
An example of a curve is the outline of a figure eight.
- To curve is defined as to move or follow in a smooth bend.
An example of to curve is to have a road that winds around a lake.
curve
Archaic curved
Origin of curve
Classical Latin curvus, bent: see crown- a line having no straight part; bend having no angular part
- a thing or part having the shape of a curve
- the act of curving, or the extent of this
- [pl.] the pronounced curving outline of a shapely female figure
- Baseball a ball thrown by a right-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's left, or one thrown by a left-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's right
- a curved line or similar graphic representation showing variations occurring or expected to occur in prices, business conditions, group achievements, etc.
- the statistical distribution of a group according to such variations; specif., a statistical distribution of student test scores, etc. within a class, used as a tool in assigning grades
- French curve
- Math. a one-dimensional continuum of points in a space of two or more dimensions, such as a parabola in a plane or a helix in three-dimensional space: a straight line or line segment is a type of curve
transitive verb
intransitive verb
curved, curv′ing- to form a curve by bending
- to move in a curved path
- to employ a curve (noun) on (test scores, etc.)
curve Idioms
ahead of the curve
anticipating (or not keeping up with) current trends, developments, etc.
on a curve
according to a curve (noun)
curve
noun
- a. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.b. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.c. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
- A relatively smooth bend in a road or other course.
- a. A line representing data on a graph.b. A trend derived from or as if from such a graph: “Once again, the politicians are behind the curve” ( Ted Kennedy )
- A graphic representation showing the relative performance of individuals as measured against each other, used especially as a method of grading students in which the assignment of grades is based on predetermined proportions of students.
- Mathematics a. The graph of a function on a coordinate plane.b. The intersection of two surfaces in three dimensions.c. The graph of the solutions to any equation of two variables.
- Baseball A curve ball.
- Slang Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive.
verb
curved, curv·ing, curvesverb
intransitiveTo move in or take the shape of a curve: The path curves around the lake.
verb
transitive- To cause to curve.
- Baseball To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
- To grade (students, for example) on a curve.
Origin of curve
From Middle English curved from Latin curvus ; see sker-^{2} in Indo-European roots.N., sense 6, short for curve ballRelated Forms:
- curv′ed·ness
noun
- curv′y
adjective
curve
Adjective
- (obsolete) Bent without angles; crooked; curved.
- a curve line
- a curve surface
Noun
(plural curves)
- A gentle bend, such as in a road.
- You should slow down when approaching a curve.
- A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.
- She scribbled a curve on the paper.
- A grading system based on the scale of performance of a group used to normalize a right-skewed grade distribution (with more lower scores) into a bell curve, so that more can receive higher grades, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject.
- The teacher was nice and graded the test on a curve
- (analytic geometry) A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.
- (geometry) A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.
- (algebraic geometry) An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.
- (topology) A one-dimensional continuum.
- (informal, usually in plural) The attractive shape of a woman's body.
Verb
(third-person singular simple present curves, present participle curving, simple past and past participle curved)
- To bend; to crook.
- to curve a line
- to curve a pipe
- To cause to swerve from a straight course.
- to curve a ball in pitching it
- (intransitive) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.
- the road curves to the right
- To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).
- The teacher will curve the test.
Origin
From Latin curvus (“bent, curved”)