What does curve mean?

Definitions for curve
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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"

Wiktionary

  1. curve(Noun)

    A gentle bend, such as in a road.

    You should slow down when approaching a curve.

    Etymology: From curvus

  2. curve(Noun)

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

    She scribbled a curve on the paper.

    Etymology: From curvus

  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

    Etymology: From curvus

  4. curve(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From curvus

  5. curve(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From curvus

  6. curve(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From curvus

  7. curve(Noun)

    A one-dimensional continuum.

    Etymology: From curvus

  8. curve(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From curvus

  9. curve(Verb)

    To bend; to crook.

    Etymology: From curvus

  10. curve(Verb)

    To cause to swerve from a straight course.

    to curve a ball in pitching it

    Etymology: From curvus

  11. curve(Verb)

    To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.

    the road curves to the right

    Etymology: From curvus

  12. curve(Verb)

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

    The teacher will curve the test.

    Etymology: From curvus

  13. curve(Adjective)

    Bent without angles; crooked; curved.

    Etymology: From curvus

Wikipedia

  1. Curve

    In mathematics, a curve (also called a curved line in older texts) is an object similar to a line, but that does not have to be straight. Intuitively, a curve may be thought of as the trace left by a moving point. This is the definition that appeared more than 2000 years ago in Euclid's Elements: "The [curved] line is […] the first species of quantity, which has only one dimension, namely length, without any width nor depth, and is nothing else than the flow or run of the point which […] will leave from its imaginary moving some vestige in length, exempt of any width."This definition of a curve has been formalized in modern mathematics as: A curve is the image of an interval to a topological space by a continuous function. In some contexts, the function that defines the curve is called a parametrization, and the curve is a parametric curve. In this article, these curves are sometimes called topological curves to distinguish them from more constrained curves such as differentiable curves. This definition encompasses most curves that are studied in mathematics; notable exceptions are level curves (which are unions of curves and isolated points), and algebraic curves (see below). Level curves and algebraic curves are sometimes called implicit curves, since they are generally defined by implicit equations. Nevertheless, the class of topological curves is very broad, and contains some curves that do not look as one may expect for a curve, or even cannot be drawn. This is the case of space-filling curves and fractal curves. For ensuring more regularity, the function that defines a curve is often supposed to be differentiable, and the curve is then said to be a differentiable curve. A plane algebraic curve is the zero set of a polynomial in two indeterminates. More generally, an algebraic curve is the zero set of a finite set of polynomials, which satisfies the further condition of being an algebraic variety of dimension one. If the coefficients of the polynomials belong to a field k, the curve is said to be defined over k. In the common case of a real algebraic curve, where k is the field of real numbers, an algebraic curve is a finite union of topological curves. When complex zeros are considered, one has a complex algebraic curve, which, from the topological point of view, is not a curve, but a surface, and is often called a Riemann surface. Although not being curves in the common sense, algebraic curves defined over other fields have been widely studied. In particular, algebraic curves over a finite field are widely used in modern cryptography.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curve(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Curve, a., Cirb.]

  2. Curve(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Curve, a., Cirb.]

  3. Curve(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Curve, a., Cirb.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Curve, a., Cirb.]

  5. Curve(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Curve, a., Cirb.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curve

    kurv, n. anything bent: a bent or curved line: an arch.—v.t. to bend: to form into a curve.—adjs. Cur′vāte, -d, curved or bent in a regular form.—n. Curvā′tion.—adj. Cur′vative.—n. Cur′vature, a curving or bending: the continual bending or the amount of bending from a straight line.—adjs. Curved; Cur′vicaudate, having a crooked tail; Curvicos′tate, having curved ribs; Curvifō′liate, having curved leaves; Cur′viform; Cur′ving; Curviros′tral, with the bill curved downward; Cur′vital, of or pertaining to curvature.—n. Cur′vity, the state of being curved. [L. curvus, crooked.]

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

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curve in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of curve in a Sentence

  1. William Tankard:

    Lonmin's ore mix means that its production of rhodium is, on a relative basis, higher than that of its peers'. So when rhodium prices crashed in 2008, Lonmin lost a greater component of its revenue than its rivals and this had an upward impact on its unit costs, moving it up the cost curve.

  2. Phyllis Diller:

    A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

  3. Robin Green:

    That's the whole thing with the hog. It's you and 80 wild horses under your butt, just sitting on 10 square inches where the rubber meets the road. That hurricane gale wind whipping you in the face, leaning into a curve you can feel that gravity wanting to suck you down into it and what do you do Give it a little more gas. Pure centrifugal force. You can see yourself hurtling ass end over teakettle into oblivion.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Happy Sunday! Today is Sunday, your special day to relax, enjoy, and share happiness, laughter and love with your family and friends. You definitely deserve to enjoy the weekend and especially Sunday, after batting all those curve balls that Life had thrown at you during the past weekdays. So Sunday is surely your super shining sunny day. Have fun, and make a great Sunday!

  5. Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

    My life is one long curve, full of turning points.

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  • kurweAfrikaans
  • крива, извивки, извивам се, извивка, извивам, изкривявамBulgarian
  • corba, revolt, corbesCatalan, Valencian
  • ohyb, křivkaCzech
  • kurve, kurverDanish
  • Kurve, Linie, biegen, verbiegenGerman
  • καμπύλη, καμπύλεςGreek
  • kurbiĝo, vojturno, kurbo, sinuo, ĝirejoEsperanto
  • curvas, curvar, curva, encorvarSpanish
  • kurbaBasque
  • خم, پیچ, منحنیPersian
  • kaari, käyristää, kaartaa, kurvi, kaarre, käyrä, kurvit, mutkaFinnish
  • courbe, courbes, courberFrench
  • cuarIrish
  • bogha, lùb, cromScottish Gaelic
  • עקימה, חיטוביםHebrew
  • görbeHungarian
  • kurvaIndonesian
  • kurvo, kurveskarIdo
  • curva, curvareItalian
  • עֲקוּמָהHebrew
  • 曲がる, 曲線Japanese
  • 구부러지다, 구부리다Korean
  • kreivė, linkis, vingisLithuanian
  • līkums, līkneLatvian
  • ānauMāori
  • облини, витка, искривува, облина, свиок, крива, се извива, свиткуваMacedonian
  • curve, kromme, plooien, kromming, bocht, krommen, rondingen, figuur, buigen, afbuigenDutch
  • zakręt, krzywaPolish
  • curva, curvar, curvas, envergarPortuguese
  • linie curbă, linie curbată, curbă, curbeRomanian
  • поворот, кривая, изгибать, изгибы, гнуться, изгиб, гнуть, изгибатьсяRussian
  • облина, облине, oblineSerbo-Croatian
  • krivuljaSlovene
  • kurva, kröka, böja, figurSwedish
  • వంపు, వొంపులు, వంపులుTelugu
  • kıvrım, eğri, eğilmek, kıvrılmak, bükmek, eğmek, kıvırmakTurkish
  • криваUkrainian

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