curve

1 of 3

adjective

archaic
: bent or formed into a curve

curve

2 of 3

verb

curved; curving

intransitive verb

: to have or take a turn, change, or deviation from a straight line or plane surface without sharp breaks or angularity

transitive verb

1
: to cause to curve
2
: to throw a curveball to (a batter)
3
: to grade (something, such as an examination) on a curve

curve

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noun

1
a
: a line especially when curved: such 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
2
: something curved: such as
a
: a curving line of the human body
b
curves plural : parenthesis
3
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
: 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

Examples of curve in a Sentence

Verb The tail curves over the dog's back. The road curves to the left. The fence curves in toward the side of the house. The railing curves out near the observation platform. Noun The dog's tail has a slight curve. There is a sharp curve coming up in the road. the price curve in relation to inflation
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Bartlett wouldn’t be surprised if further research reveals that other denizens of the deep such as sea cucumbers, amphipods, or snailfish use similar curving lipids to live at extreme pressures. science.org, 3 July 2024 Highlights include an elegant entry foyer displaying tile floors and a curving staircase, formal living and dining rooms, a family room resting beneath a coffered ceiling, and a kitchen outfitted with an eat-in island, stainless appliances, and an accompanying breakfast nook. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 21 June 2024 The artworks, mostly soft and sinuous, include a video of hair-braiding and a flock of curving sculptures, modeled on Persian calligraphy and suspended overhead. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 21 June 2024 Now What We Like The hotel feels like its own village, with stone pathways curving up the hillside and between rooms. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for curve 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Verb

Latin curvare, from curvus

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1594, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of curve was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curve. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

curve

1 of 2 verb
curved; curving
1
: to turn or change from a straight line or course
the road curved to the left
2
: to cause to curve

curve

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: a line especially when curved
b
: a line connecting points on a graph or in a coordinate system
2
: something that bends or turns without angles
a curve in the road
3
: a ball thrown so that it moves away from a straight course

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