- 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 curving
Contemporary Examples of curving
The Spanish countryside, full of stone ruins and curving green hills, is a perfect hiking spot.The Spanish Fraggle Rock: Setenil de las Bodegas Is an Andalucian Town Built Under a Rock
January 2, 2014
Historical Examples of curving
For three miles they tore along the curving road at high speed.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
The black pursuing craft was hidden by its vast, curving bulk.Loot of the Void
Edwin K. Sloat
Thayer realized that the horns of his dilemma were long and curving.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Over Rome itself there was a strange massing and curving of the clouds.Italy, the Magic Land
The old man raised his head as a car pulled into the curving driveway.Suite Mentale
Gordon Randall Garrett
- 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 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.)).
- 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.
see throw a curve.