characteristic curve


: the graphic curve or the graph picturing it that shows the relation between two variables
a characteristic curve plotting the variations of grid potential and plate current in the normal operation of a vacuum tube
the patient's fever chart showed the characteristic curve for the disease
: the curve indicating the variation of density in a developed photographic image that results from the increase of exposure expressed logarithmically

called also H and D curve, sensitometric curve

: a curve showing the relationship between frequency and recording intensity or frequency and reproducing intensity in sound recording

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of characteristic curve was in 1881

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“Characteristic curve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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