- 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 curved
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.
His spine was curved, indicating the condition known as scoliosis.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reporters call it "the fishbowl": the building is curved, and the entire area is fronted by glass.
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|Sarah Moroz|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The lower arm of Z is sometimes drawn out (see E, 3): it may be curved and pointed (or flourished).Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering|Edward Johnston
This bar is slightly concave on the side next the sled and gives the nose a curved shape.Ethnology of the Ungava District, Hudson Bay Territory|Lucien Turner
Examine one bronchus, carefully dissecting away the lung tissue with curved scissors.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
He curved about in the woods and then ran rapidly toward the point where the fire seemed thinnest.The Guns of Shiloh|Joseph A. Altsheler
The curved knife-tooth harrow consists of a frame to which a row of curved blades is attached.
- 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.