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## curve

(kûrv)
n.
1.
a. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
b. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
c. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
2. A relatively smooth bend in a road or other course.
3.
a. A line representing data on a graph.
b. A trend derived from or as if from such a graph: "Once again, the politicians are behind the curve" (Ted Kennedy).
4. A graphic representation showing the relative performance of individuals as measured against each other, used especially as a method of grading students in which the assignment of grades is based on predetermined proportions of students.
5. Mathematics
a. The graph of a function on a coordinate plane.
b. The intersection of two surfaces in three dimensions.
c. The graph of the solutions to any equation of two variables.
6. Baseball A curve ball.
7. Slang Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive.
v. curved, curv·ing, curves
v.intr.
To move in or take the shape of a curve: The path curves around the lake.
v.tr.
1. To cause to curve.
2. Baseball To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
3. To grade (students, for example) on a curve.

[From Middle English, curved, from Latin curvus; see sker- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 6, short for curve ball.]

curv′ed·ness n.

## curve

(kɜːv)
n
1. a continuously bending line that has no straight parts
2. something that curves or is curved, such as a bend in a road or the contour of a woman's body
3. the act or extent of curving; curvature
4. (Mathematics) maths
a. a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points
b. the graph of a function with one independent variable
5. (Mathematics) a line representing data, esp statistical data, on a graph: an unemployment curve.
7. behind the curve behind the times; behind schedule
8. (Tools) short for French curve
vb
to take or cause to take the shape or path of a curve; bend
[C15: from Latin curvāre to bend, from curvus crooked]

## curve

(kɜrv)

n., v. curved, curv•ing,
1. a continuously bending line, without angles.
2. the act or extent of curving.
3. any curved outline, form, thing, or part.
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.
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.
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.
10. a curved guide used in drafting.
v.i.
11. to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.
v.t.
12. to cause to curve.
13. to grade on a curve.
14. to pitch a curve to in baseball.
15. curved.
Idioms:
1. ahead of (or behind) the curve, at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.
2. throw someone a curve, to take someone by surprise, esp. so as to cause chagrin.
[1565–75; (< Middle French) < Latin curvus crooked, bent, curved]

## curve

(kûrv)
1. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
2. The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.

## curve

Past participle: curved
Gerund: curving

Imperative
curve
curve
Present
I curve
you curve
he/she/it curves
we curve
you curve
they curve
Preterite
I curved
you curved
he/she/it curved
we curved
you curved
they curved
Present Continuous
I am curving
you are curving
he/she/it is curving
we are curving
you are curving
they are curving
Present Perfect
I have curved
you have curved
he/she/it has curved
we have curved
you have curved
they have curved
Past Continuous
I was curving
you were curving
he/she/it was curving
we were curving
you were curving
they were curving
Past Perfect
Future
I will curve
you will curve
he/she/it will curve
we will curve
you will curve
they will curve
Future Perfect
I will have curved
you will have curved
he/she/it will have curved
we will have curved
you will have curved
they will have curved
Future Continuous
I will be curving
you will be curving
he/she/it will be curving
we will be curving
you will be curving
they will be curving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been curving
you have been curving
he/she/it has been curving
we have been curving
you have been curving
they have been curving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been curving
you will have been curving
he/she/it will have been curving
we will have been curving
you will have been curving
they will have been curving
Past Perfect Continuous
Conditional
I would curve
you would curve
he/she/it would curve
we would curve
you would curve
they would curve
Past Conditional
I would have curved
you would have curved
he/she/it would have curved
we would have curved
you would have curved
they would have curved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 curve - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changescurved shapebell-shaped curve, Gaussian curve, Gaussian shape, normal curve - a symmetrical curve representing the normal distributionmeander - a bend or curve, as in a stream or riverline - a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving pointclosed curve - a curve (such as a circle) having no endpointsS-shape - a double curve resembling the letter Scatenary - the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed pointsCupid's bow - the double curve of the upper lip when considered to resemble Cupid's bowundulation, wave - an undulating curveextrados - the exterior curve of an archgooseneck - something in a thin curved form (like the neck of a goose)intrados - the interior curve of an archbend, turn, crook, twist - a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"crotchet, hook - a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hookenvelope - a curve that is tangent to each of a family of curvesarc - a continuous portion of a circlecrenation, crenature, crenel, crenelle, scallop - one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)spiral - a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the centerhelix, spiral - a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angleperversion - a curve that reverses the direction of something; "the tendrils of the plant exhibited perversion"; "perversion also shows up in kinky telephone cords"sinuosity, sinuousness - having curves; "he hated the sinuosity of mountain roads"arch - a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an openingbell shape, campana, bell - the shape of a bellarc, bow - something curved in shapecrescent - any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quartersquadric, quadric surface - a curve or surface whose equation (in Cartesian coordinates) is of the second degreeline roulette, roulette - a line generated by a point on one figure rolling around a second figurestraight line - a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature; "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line" 2 curve - a line on a graph representing dataregression curve, regression line - a smooth curve fitted to the set of paired data in regression analysis; for linear regression the curve is a straight linegraph, graphical record - a visual representation of the relations between certain quantities plotted with reference to a set of axesline - a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point 3 curve - a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batterpitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter 4 curve - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surfacecurvatureshape, configuration, conformation, contour, form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"curliness, waviness - (of hair) a tendency to curlstraightness - (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl 5 curve - curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)bendblind bend, blind curve - a curve or bend in the road that you cannot see around as you are drivingelbow - a sharp bend in a road or riverhairpin bend - a U-shaped bend in a roadroad, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportationsegment, section - one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object; "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road"river - a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek); "the river was navigable for 50 miles" Verb 1 curve - turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"peel off - leave a formationyaw - swerve off course momentarily; "the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it" 2 curve - extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest"be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"circumvolute - wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snailspiral - form a spiral; "The path spirals up the mountain"snake - form a snake-like pattern; "The river snakes through the valley" 3 curve - form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"camber - curve upward in the middlebend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend" 4 curve - bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply"crookrecurve - curve or bend (something) back or downbend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend" 5 curve - form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"change surface - undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

## curve

noun
1. a curve in the road
verb
1. The track curved away below him.
Related words

## curve

noun
Something bent:
verb
1. To swerve from a straight line:
2. To have or cause to have a curved or sinuous form or surface:
Translations
إنحِناءمُنْعَطَفيَنْحَني
křivkaohnoutohybtočit sezatáčka
buegå i en buekrummekrumningkurve
kurbo
kaarikaarrekaartaakäyrä
görbekanyarulat
beygjabeygja, sveigjabogi, boglína
izliektizliektiesizlocītieslīka līnijalīkne
krivkazatočiť sa
ovinekzavijati
böjakrökakurva
dönemeçeğ mekeğrikıvırmakkıvrılmak

## curve

[kɜːv]
A. N (gen) →
B. VT [+ spine, back] →
C. VI [road, line etc] → ; [surface] → combarse
the walls curve inward/outwardlas paredes están combadas hacia dentro/fuera
the road curves round the mountain
the boomerang curved through the air
a wide, curving staircaseuna amplia escalera en curva

## curve

[ˈkɜːrv]
n
(= shape) →
(on graph)
(mainly US) to throw sb a curve → prendre qn de court
vtcourber
vi [line, surface, arch] → s'incurver; [road] → faire une courbecurve ball n (mainly US) to throw sb a curve ball → prendre qn de court

## curve

nKurve f; (of body, vase etc)Rundung f, → Wölbung f; (of river)Biegung f; (of archway)Bogen m; there’s a curve in the roaddie Straße macht einen Bogen; the price curvedie Preiskurve; her curves (inf)ihre Kurven or Rundungen pl (inf)
vtbiegen; (= build with a curve) arch, roof, side of shipwölben; gravity curves the path of lightdie Gravitation krümmt den Lichtweg; he curved the ball around the waller zirkelte den Ball um die Mauer herum
vi
(line, road)einen Bogen machen; (river)eine Biegung machen; her lips curved into a smileihre Lippen verzogen sich zu einem Lächeln; the road curves around the citydie Straße macht einen Bogen um die Stadt; to make a ball curve (through the air)einen Ball anschneiden, einem Ball einen Drall geben
(= be curved) (space, horizon)gekrümmt sein; (side of ship, surface, arch)sich wölben; (hips, breasts)sich runden; (metal strip etc)sich biegen

## curve

[kɜːv]
1. n (gen) → curva; (of river) → ansa
simple closed curve (Math) →
2. vtcurvare
3. vi (road, river) → fare una curva; (line, surface, arch) → curvarsi

## curve

(kəːv) noun
1. a line which is not straight at any point, like part of the edge of a circle.
2. anything shaped like this. a curve in the road.
verb
to bend in a curve. The road curves east.