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1. Statistics
a. A distribution curve in which the frequencies are cumulative.
b. A frequency distribution.
2. Architecture
a. A diagonal rib of a Gothic vault.
b. A pointed arch.

[Middle English ogif and French ogive, diagonal rib of a vault, both from Old French augive, probably from Vulgar Latin *obviātīva, from Late Latin obviāta, feminine past participle of obviāre, to resist; see obviate.]

o·gi′val adj.


(ˈəʊdʒaɪv; əʊˈdʒaɪv)
1. (Architecture) a diagonal rib or groin of a Gothic vault
2. (Architecture) another name for lancet arch
3. (Statistics) statistics a graph the ordinates of which represent cumulative frequencies of the values indicated by the corresponding abscissas
4. (Astronautics) the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload during its passage through the atmosphere
[C17: from Old French, of uncertain origin]
oˈgival adj


(ˈoʊ dʒaɪv, oʊˈdʒaɪv)

a. a pointed arch.
b. a diagonal rib of a vault.
2. the distribution curve of a statistical frequency distribution.
[1605–15; < French, Middle French ogive, augive < Sp aljibe < Spanish Arabic al-jibb the well]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ogive - front consisting of the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload from heat during its passage through the atmosphere
front - the side that is seen or that goes first
heat shield - a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry


[ˈəʊdʒaɪv] Nojiva f
References in classic literature ?
Hence we accept it and we adopt it, like all the rest of the world, to characterize the architecture of the second half of the Middle Ages, where the ogive is the principle which succeeds the architecture of the first period, of which the semi-circle is the father.
Above our heads is a double ogive vault, panelled with wood carving, painted azure, and sown with golden fleurs-de-lis; beneath our feet a pavement of black and white marble, alternating.
The new bullet's elongated ogive and pointed meplat provide an increased ballistic coefficient for optimal wind resistance and velocity retention.
The Edge TLR acccomplishes a high BC via a secant ogive, which tapers more gradually along its length than, say, a spitzer.
84-inch "short" magazine, the ogive ends up well behind the rifling in the chamber throat.
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Le systeme d'armes de type ICBM Hwasong-15 est un missile intercontinental equipe d'une ogive lourde extra-large capable de frapper la totalite du territoire continental americain ", indique l'agence KCNA.
Considered by many to be the pinnacle of bonded-core, polymer-tipped bullet design, the Scirocco II features a sleek, aerodynamic profile, utilizing a tangent ogive that flows through the air with minimum friction.
La communaute internationale a vivement critique, hier, le cinquieme essai nucleaire annonce, en debut de journee, par la Coree du Nord lui permettant, d'apres les medias officiels, de realiser son but, la miniaturisation d'une ogive nucleaire de maniere a pouvoir la monter sur un missile.
Seven chapters are: introduction; the ditransitive construction: previous studies; methodology: defining the object(s) of study; spoken style, written style,--&gt;ditransitives in speech and in the written standard; object patterns in dialects of English: a regional and historical analysis; ogive it me