ogive

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

Nearby words

  1. ogeechee,
  2. ogen melon,
  3. ogham,
  4. ogilvie,
  5. ogino-knaus rule,
  6. oglala,
  7. ogle,
  8. oglethorpe,
  9. oglethorpe, james edward,
  10. ogma

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

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 Formsogival, adjective

Word Origin for ogive

C17: from Old French, of uncertain origin

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