Curve meaning

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A line having no straight part; bend having no angular part.
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Curved.
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The definition of a curve is a smooth bend.

An example of a curve is the outline of a figure eight.

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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.

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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.
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Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive.
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To move in or take the shape of a curve.

The path curves around the lake.

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To cause to curve.
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To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
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To grade (students, for example) on a curve.
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A relatively smooth bend in a road or other course.
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A curve ball.
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A thing or part having the shape of a curve.
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The act of curving, or the extent of this.
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The pronounced curving outline of a shapely female figure.
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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.
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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.
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To form a curve by bending.
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To move in a curved path.
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To employ a curve on (test scores, etc.)
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A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
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The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.
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(obsolete) Bent without angles; crooked; curved.

A curve line.

A curve surface.

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A gentle bend, such as in a road.

You should slow down when approaching a curve.

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A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.

She scribbled a curve on the paper.

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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.

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(analytic geometry) A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.
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(geometry) A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.
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(algebraic geometry) An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.
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(topology) A one-dimensional continuum.
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(informal, usually in plural) The attractive shape of a woman's body.
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To bend; to crook.

To curve a line.

To curve a pipe.

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To cause to swerve from a straight course.

To curve a ball in pitching it.

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(intransitive) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.

The road curves to the right.

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To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).

The teacher will curve the test.

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ahead of the curve
  • Anticipating (or not keeping up with) current trends, developments, etc.
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on a curve
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of curve

  • From Middle English curved from Latin curvus sker-2 in Indo-European roots N., sense 6, short for curve ball

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin curvus (“bent, curved”)

    From Wiktionary