- 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
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.
“He also said, ‘We might be too ahead of the curve,’” Kudrow remembers.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’|Kevin Fallon|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This is the key way to bend the curve,” Powell told The Daily Beast of the mission abroad in a September interview.
No one has gone back yet to look, but the key thing is getting this isolation and then being able to bend the curve.
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|Marlow Stern|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Ginsburg turned on the couch so that his face was close to the wall, and his voice half lost in the curve of his arm.Just Around the Corner|Fannie Hurst
By this time the runners had made the curve at the bow of the boat and were coming up the starboard side, toward the stern.The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service|James R. Driscoll
Around the curve is the Armory (L) where athletic and social events and weekly convocations are held.North Dakota|Various
The two extended arms together form a long line arching like the curve of a bow.Michelangelo|Estelle M. Hurll
I recognized her instantly—the curve of her shoulders, the poise of her head, and her waving jet-black hair to confirm.The Plum Tree|David Graham Phillips
- 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
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.
see throw a curve.