- 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
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 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.