- 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 curved
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
His spine was curved, indicating the condition known as scoliosis.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
Roll-neck designs were made in fine pleats with arms buried in folds of curved material.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
Reporters call it "the fishbowl": the building is curved, and the entire area is fronted by glass.Toronto Mayor: I Was Drunk When I Did Crack
November 6, 2013
He created the curved Virgule heel as a signature, to differentiate his work post-Dior.Shoes Fit For A Museum: Roger Vivier’s Virigule Show Opens at Palais De Tokyo
October 2, 2013
The rudder may also be curved or warped in similar manner by lever action.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
The ankle was small and curved like an axe handle and looked as tough.
The arms were long and had the curved movement of the tentacles of a devil-fish.
They sailed upward for hundreds of feet, then curved and fell like skyrockets.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
He dodged this way and that, and curved and turned, but to no purpose.White Fang
- 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 curved
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.)).
- 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 curved
see throw a curve.