- the path followed by a ball pitched as a curveball: The curve on that ball was nasty!
Idioms about curve
- to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
Origin of curve
OTHER WORDS FROM curve
How to use curve in a sentence
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.EmTech Stage: Facebook’s CTO on misinformation|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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.Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips|Same Romano/Outdoor Life|November 16, 2020|Popular-Science
Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity separately describes gravity as curves in the space-time fabric.What Is a Particle?|Natalie Wolchover|November 12, 2020|Quanta Magazine
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
Renowned author Dan Brown smiled, the ends of his mouth curving upwards in a physical expression of pleasure.Do Make Fun of Dan Brown|Justin Green|May 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes they cut spiral strips from the curving horns of a mountain sheep, and steamed them straight.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
She grew frightened at Tessas stillness; there was not one sympathetic line in the stern curving of her lips.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
These were generally of simpler design, and adorned only with the series of doubly curving lines known as wave ornaments.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
From the river, curving past the statue of an Indian administrator, came a string of country people with baskets on their heads.Hilda|Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Mr. Bradford called Roly's attention to the long stretch of treeless gravel curving to the west.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail|Arthur R. Thompson
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
Scientific definitions for curve
Other Idioms and Phrases with curve
see throw a curve.