- 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.
verb (used with object), curved, curv·ing.
verb (used without object), curved, curv·ing.
- curvature aberration,
- curvature hyperopia,
- curvature myopia,
- curvature of field,
- curvature of space,
- curve ball,
- curve fitting,
- curve of occlusion,
- to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
Origin of curve
- a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points
- the graph of a function with one independent variable
Word Origin for curve
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.
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.)).
see throw a curve.