- the path followed by a ball pitched as a curveball: The curve on that ball was nasty!
verb (used with object), curved, curv·ing.
verb (used without object), curved, curv·ing.
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Idioms for curve
- to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
Origin of curve
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Example sentences from the Web for curve
The national curve of new cases is far from flat — mostly turning vertical, she noted — and the Washington region is “unfortunately catching up with other states.”Smithsonian museums, zoo to close as coronavirus caseload in D.C. region hits record for 16th day|Dana Hedgpeth, Ovetta Wiggins|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Eventually he and the mathematician Zsolt Lángi devised a new conjecture that sketched out the curve of all possible three-dimensional mosaics like this.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology|Joshua Sokol|November 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
So in other words, you’re obviously doing a lot, you’re doing a lot more than you were and you, and you’re still, by that count way behind the curve.
Once you begin to carry a spear gun, an experienced dive partner and mentor will shorten the learning curve and help ensure a safe dive.
Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity separately describes gravity as curves in the space-time fabric.
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|Nina Strochlic|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I followed him down a curving path, and at a turn he gave his head a jerk over his right shoulder.Brownsmith's Boy|George Manville Fenn
Leslie saw her, and swung round the wheels on the sharp, curving hill-side; looking only to see that he should miss her.The White Peacock|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Now I seem confronted by great orange mountains with curving ledges cut into their sides.Micro-Man|Forrest James Ackerman
The elbows drop down until they almost touch the knees, which is partly accomplished by curving the back.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting|William T. Hornaday
Midway, and well to the north, where a curving course indicated an arroyo he marked “El Desierto.”Jessica Trent: Her Life on a Ranch|Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for curve
- a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points
- the graph of a function with one independent variable
Other words from curveRelated adjective: sinuous
Derived forms of curvecurvedly (ˈkɜːvɪdlɪ), adverbcurvedness, nouncurvy, adjective
Word Origin for curve
Medical definitions for curve
Scientific definitions for curve
Idioms and Phrases with curve
see throw a curve.