Advertisement

Advertisement

flatten the curve

[ flat-n thuh kurv ]

idiom

  1. (during a disease outbreak) to use public health measures to achieve a more gradual increase and decrease in the number of new cases, spreading the same total number of cases over a longer period of time, as depicted by a gently sloping curved line on a graph:

    Flattening the curve will prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients.



Discover More

Word History and Origins

Origin of flatten the curve1

First recorded in 2005–10

Advertisement

Word of the Day

absquatulate

[ab-skwoch-uh-leyt ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Dictionary.com Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


flattenflatter