- 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.
- to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
Origin of curve
Related Words for curvetrajectory, arc, arch, contour, loop, swerve, veer, bulge, buckle, spiral, crumple, twist, bend, coil, curl, skew, sweep, hairpin, crook, whorl
Examples from the Web for curve
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of curve
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 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.