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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]
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## 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
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## curve

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

n. curva;
v. torcer, encorvar.
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## curve

n curva; growth — curva de crecimiento; learning — curva de aprendizaje