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curve

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adjective \ˈkərv\

Definition of curve

archaic

  1. :  bent or formed into a curve



Origin of curve

Middle English, from Latin curvus; akin to Greek kyrtos convex, Middle Irish cruinn round


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with curve


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curve

verb

Simple Definition of curve

  • : to form a curve : to turn or change from a straight line, shape, or path to a smooth, rounded one

  • : to cause (something) to form a curve

Full Definition of curve

curvedcurv·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to have or take a turn, change, or deviation from a straight line or plane surface without sharp breaks or angularity

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to curve

  5. 2 :  to throw a curveball to (a batter)

  6. 3 :  to grade (as an examination) on a curve

Examples of curve

  1. The tail curves over the dog's back.

  2. The road curves to the left.

  3. The fence curves in toward the side of the house.

  4. The railing curves out near the observation platform.



Origin of curve

Latin curvare, from curvus


First Known Use: 1594


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curve

noun

Simple Definition of curve

  • : a smooth, rounded line, shape, path, etc.

  • : a curved line on a graph that shows how something changes or is affected by one or more conditions

  • : a curving line or shape of the human body and especially of a woman's body

Full Definition of curve

  1. 1 a :  a line especially when curved: as (1) :  the path of a moving point (2) :  a line defined by an equation so that the coordinates of its points are functions of a single independent variable or parameter b :  the graph of a variable

  2. 2 :  something curved: as a :  a curving line of the human body b plural :  parenthesis

  3. 3 a :  curveball b :  trick, deception

  4. 4 :  a distribution indicating the relative performance of individuals measured against each other that is used especially in assigning good, medium, or poor grades to usually predetermined proportions of students rather than in assigning grades based on predetermined standards of achievement

  5. 5 :  trend <a growth curve in advertising revenues>; especially :  a prevalent trend or rate of progress —often used in the phrases ahead of the curve and behind the curve <companies that are behind the curve in adopting new technologies>

curvy play \ˈkər-vē\ adjective

Examples of curve

  1. The dog's tail has a slight curve.

  2. There is a sharp curve coming up in the road.

  3. the price curve in relation to inflation



1666

First Known Use of curve

1666




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