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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.
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(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
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(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]
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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
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[ˈəʊdʒaɪv] Nojiva f
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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.
Winchester's Victory Series is loaded with a 230-grain Ball projectile featuring the original M1911 projectile's full-radius ogive profile.
Berger is best known for its long-range bullets, and the new Hybrid Hunter combines a low-drag, high-ballistic-coefficient, secant-forward ogive with the tangent ogive of traditional hunting bullets.
A synthetic tip, tuned ogive, and boattail create a fast, balanced profile with optimum ballistic coefficients throughout the range of calibers.
Using the same ogive design as the popular Hybrid Target Bullets, the Hybrid Classic Hunter can be used with any factory rifle magazine.
Cartridge overall length is limited to 2.26 inches (nominal), and any heavier bullet's longer ogive is partially submerged in the case neck.
The first store has a hall covered with an ogive, which has a passageway to an octahedral cupola from a small vestibule.
It looked good for the purpose when adopted by Remington in 1997, but many newer 6.5mm bullets have pointy ogives so long they have to be seated so deeply to fit in a standard 2.84-inch "short" magazine, the ogive ends up well behind the rifling in the chamber throat.
For each configuration, the length of the ogive is proportional to the total length of the sounding rocket
Boat tail and flat base bullets also can present a unique problem as well as bullet ogive configuration and makeup.