- a continuously bending line, without angles.
- the act or extent of curving.
- any curved outline, form, thing, or part.
- a curved section of a road, path, hallway, etc.
- Railroads. a curved section of track: in the U.S. the curve is often expressed as the central angle, measured in degrees, of a curved section of track subtended by a chord 100 feet (30 meters) long (degree of curve).
- Also called curve ball, curveball. Baseball.
- a 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.
- the course of such a pitched ball.
- a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.
- Mathematics. a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.
- a misleading or deceptive trick; cheat; deception.
- Education. a grading system based on the scale of performance of a group, so that those performing better, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject, receive high grades: The new English professor marks on a curve.Compare absolute(def 10).
- a curved guide used in drafting.
- to bend in a curve; cause to take the course of a curve.
- to grade on a curve.
- Baseball. to pitch a curve to.
- to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.
- having the shape of a curve; curved.
- ahead of/behindthe curve, at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.
- throw (someone) a curve,
- to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
Origin of curve
Examples from the Web for curve
After acknowledging that there has been a “bend in the curve” and a reason to hope, he warned against inaction.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
“He also said, ‘We might be too ahead of the curve,’” Kudrow remembers.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’
November 6, 2014
“This is the key way to bend the curve,” Powell told The Daily Beast of the mission abroad in a September interview.Ron Klain Will Be the Best Ebola Czar Yet
Tim Mak, Abby Haglage
October 17, 2014
No one has gone back yet to look, but the key thing is getting this isolation and then being able to bend the curve.Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter
September 26, 2014
You were really ahead of the curve there on Archer with the Jakov plotline.'Archer Creator Adam Reed on 'Vice,' Season 6's 'Unreboot,' and New Characters
August 5, 2014
I will uphold the curve of her eyelashes, for it tickleth my very heart-root to think of her.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This is shown by the curve, O P Q, shown in a thick full line.
Just what the ratio of the curve should be is a matter of contention.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
They had been arranged somewhat according to size, with the curve outward.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The river curved again and just beyond the curve it seemed shallow to him.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- a continuously bending line that has no straight parts
- something that curves or is curved, such as a bend in a road or the contour of a woman's body
- the act or extent of curving; curvature
- a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points
- the graph of a function with one independent variable
- a line representing data, esp statistical data, on a graphan unemployment curve
- ahead of the curve ahead of the times; ahead of schedule
- behind the curve behind the times; behind schedule
- short for French curve
- to take or cause to take the shape or path of a curve; bend
Word Origin and History for curve
early 15c. (implied in curved), from Latin curvus "crooked, curved, bent," and curvare "to bend," both from PIE root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend" (see ring (n.)).
1690s, "curved line," from curve (v.). With reference to the female figure (usually plural, curves), from 1862; as a type of baseball pitch, from 1879.
- A line or surface that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
- Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
- A curved line representing variations in data on a graph.
- To move in or take the shape of a curve.
- A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
- The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.
Idioms and Phrases with curve
see throw a curve.