What does curve mean?

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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"


  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

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.]


  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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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

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  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. Arnoud Balhuizen:

    By the end of this year, there will be additional iron ore coming from Australia, from Brazil, our expectation is that the iron ore market cost curve will continue to flatten and continue to come under pressure.

  2. New York Andrew Cuomo:

    We have not flattened the curve and the curve is actually increasing.

  3. Fernando Simon:

    Health Alerts and Emergencies are approaching the period in which perhaps, if Health Alerts and Emergencies are lucky, Health Alerts and Emergencies will turn the curve, stabilize and it'll start to go down, the models indicate that we are not very far away, but relaxing the measures prematurely would mean starting again and we have to be very careful.

  4. Michael Dunn:

    It's going to be a steep learning curve, it's hard to imagine (the new government) being able to do enough due diligence to do something quickly.

  5. Tariq Zahir:

    The big surprise was in the product markets where there were builds in both gasoline and heating oil, while we are witnessing a momentum trade in spot crude helped by the weakness in the dollar, the forward curve remains in contango with the build in the product markets.

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Translations for curve

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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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