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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

curvekɜrv(n.; v.; adj.)curved, curv•ing

  1. (n.)a continuously bending line, without angles.

    Category: Math, Common Vocabulary

  2. the act or extent of curving.

  3. any curved outline, form, thing, or part.

  4. a curved section of a road, railroad track, path, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. Also called curve′ ball`. a baseball pitch delivered with a spin that causes the ball to veer from a normal straight path, away from the side from which it was thrown.

    Category: Sport

  6. a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.

  7. Math. a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.

    Category: Math

  8. a misleading or deceptive trick.

  9. an academic grading system based on the scale of performance of the group, so that those performing better, regardless of their actual knowledge, receive higher grades:

    to mark on a curve.

    Category: Education

  10. a curved guide used in drafting.

  11. (v.i.)to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.

  12. (v.t.)to cause to curve.

  13. to grade on a curve.

  14. to pitch a curve to in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  15. (adj.)curved.

Idioms for curve:

  1. ahead of (or behind ) the curve,at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.

    Category: Idiom

  2. throw someone a curve, to take someone by surprise, esp. so as to cause chagrin.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of curve:

1565–75; (< MF) < L curvus crooked, bent, curved

curv′y(adj.)curv•i•er, curv•i•est.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curve, curved shape(noun)

    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

  2. curve(noun)

    a line on a graph representing data

  3. curve, curve ball, breaking ball, bender(noun)

    a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter

  4. curvature, curve(noun)

    the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

  5. bend, curve(verb)

    curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)

  6. swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut(verb)

    turn sharply; change direction abruptly

    "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"

  7. wind, twist, curve(verb)

    extend in curves and turns

    "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest"

  8. arch, curve, arc(verb)

    form an arch or curve

    "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"

  9. crook, curve(verb)

    bend or cause to bend

    "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply"

  10. curl, curve, kink(verb)

    form a curl, curve, or kink

    "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. curve(noun)ɜrv

    a line that bends

    the curve of her shoulders; a curve in the road; a curve on a graph

  2. curve(verb)ɜrv

    (of line or path) to bend or move in a curve

    a path curving around the mountain; curved lines


  1. curve(Noun)

    A gentle bend, such as in a road.

    You should slow down when approaching a curve.

  2. curve(Noun)

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

    She scribbled a curve on the paper.

  3. curve(Noun)

    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

  4. curve(Noun)

    A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.

  5. curve(Noun)

    A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.

  6. curve(Noun)

    An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.

  7. curve(Noun)

    A one-dimensional continuum.

  8. curve(Noun)

    (informal, usually in plural curves) The attractive shape of a woman's body.

  9. curve(Verb)

    To bend; to crook.

  10. curve(Verb)

    To cause to swerve from a straight course.

    to curve a ball in pitching it

  11. curve(Verb)

    To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.

    the road curves to the right

  12. curve(Verb)

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

    The teacher will curve the test.

  13. curve(Adjective)

    Bent without angles; crooked; curved.

  14. Origin: From curvus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curve(adj)

    bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface

  2. Curve(adj)

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

  3. Curve(adj)

    a line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line

  4. Curve(adj)

    to bend; to crook; as, to curve a line; to curve a pipe; to cause to swerve from a straight course; as, to curve a ball in pitching it

  5. Curve(verb)

    to bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right


  1. Curve

    In mathematics, a curve is, generally speaking, an object similar to a line but which is not required to be straight. This entails that a line is a special case of curve, namely a curve with null curvature. Often curves in two-dimensional or three-dimensional Euclidean space are of interest. Various disciplines within mathematics have given the term different meanings depending on the area of study, so the precise meaning depends on context. However many of these meanings are special instances of the definition which follows. A curve is a topological space which is locally homeomorphic to a line. In everyday language, this means that a curve is a set of points which, near each of its points, looks like a line, up to a deformation. A simple example of a curve is the parabola, shown to the right. A large number of other curves have been studied in multiple mathematical fields. The term curve has several meanings in non-mathematical language as well. For example, it can be almost synonymous with mathematical function, or graph of a function. An arc or segment of a curve is a part of a curve that is bounded by two distinct end points and contains every point on the curve between its end points. Depending on how the arc is defined, either of the two end points may or may not be part of it. When the arc is straight, it is typically called a line segment.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curve' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3829

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4764

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curve' in Nouns Frequency: #1297

Translations for curve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a line which is not straight at any point, like part of the edge of a circle.

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