ogive

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

noun

Architecture.
  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.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of ogive

1605–15; <French, Middle French ogive, augive<Spanish aljibe<Spanish Arabic al-jibb the well
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for ogive

British Dictionary definitions for ogive

ogive
/ (ˈəʊdʒaɪv, əʊˈdʒaɪv) /

noun

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 of ogive

ogival, adjective

Word Origin for ogive

C17: from Old French, of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012