[ oh-jahyv, oh-jahyv ]
/ ˈoʊ dʒaɪv, oʊˈdʒaɪv /


  1. a diagonal vaulting rib.
  2. a pointed arch.
Statistics. the distribution curve of a frequency distribution.
Rocketry. the curved nose of a missile or rocket.

Origin of ogive

1605–15; < French, Middle French ogive, augive < Spanish aljibe < Spanish Arabic al-jibb the well
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British Dictionary definitions for ogive


/ (ˈəʊdʒaɪv, əʊˈdʒaɪv) /


a diagonal rib or groin of a Gothic vault
another name for lancet arch
statistics a graph the ordinates of which represent cumulative frequencies of the values indicated by the corresponding abscissas
the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload during its passage through the atmosphere

Derived Forms

ogival, adjective

Word Origin for ogive

C17: from Old French, of uncertain origin
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