- 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 curvedcurvaceous, rounded, arched, crooked, twisted, elliptical, serpentine, twisting, looped, compass, sweeping, round, arced, wreathed, turned, humped, incurvate, skewed, circular, curly
Examples from the Web for curved
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of curved
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 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.