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. Rich Azzopardi:

    We were able to bend the curve and purchase adequate supplies to meet current needs and amid these extraordinary circumstances, contracts have been continuously re-evaluated, some shipments we'll be accepting to handle the ongoing public health crisis and prepare for future emergencies and other agreements will be modified or canceled with money refunded to the state.

  2. Jamie Cox:

    Financial stocks are fine today as we're getting ready to enter the earnings season for banking, the 30-year Treasury auction is steepening the (yield) curve a bit.

  3. Ines Fronteira:

    I think we need to wait a bit longer for the curve to stabilise, we have to be smart.

  4. David Fyfe:

    I suspect there is some potential for that contango to steepen. Particularly as companies are curbing their spendingthat looks to me like a very cheap back end of the curve.

  5. Steve Sosnick:

    The shape of the (volatility) curve definitely is upward sloping but it's not like there is a huge hump out in November.

Images & Illustrations of curve

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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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