French curve


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French curve

French curve

n.
A flat drafting instrument with curved edges and several scroll-shaped cutouts, used as a guide in drawing curves when constructing graphs or making engineering drawings.

French curve

n
(Tools) a thin plastic sheet with profiles of several curves, used by draughtsmen for drawing curves

French′

(or french′) curve′,


n.
a flat drafting instrument, the edges of which are cut into several scroll-like curves enabling lines of varying curvature to be drawn.
[1880–85]
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Interpolation between the plotted points is achieved either by straight-line connections or else by means of curved joins made with the use of a French curve, supplied as part of the pattern-making kit.
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A thin thread unwinds from the abdomen out to one "foot," then circles around through the other five feet before going on to the cutoff, tracing a rough French curve through the air.
The nifty French curve "hooks" on the inside of the pocket, leaving the holster in the pocket when the gun comes out.
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The French curve is used to connect points in a smooth curve, and it's invaluable in garment pattern drafting for necks, armscyes and truing or blending seamlines.
In the other two small works, which deploy arcs and semicircles of paper, it is as if a draftsperson has managed to physicalize rather than merely represent space-time, using little more than construction paper, scissors, glue, and a French curve.
In this work, for example, a protractor-like shape can be seen as well as some modifications of familiar French curve templates.
If the drawing calls for curves, arcs, circles, and ellipses, the draftsperson generally uses a French curve or compass to draw them.
Connect the two lines using a French curve ruler to create the neckline opening (1)