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curve

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adjective \ ˈkərv \

Definition of curve

archaic
:bent or formed into a curve

Origin and Etymology of curve

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


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curve

verb

Definition of curve

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

Examples of curve in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of curve

Latin curvare, from curvus

curve Synonyms


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curve

noun

Definition of curve

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 :the graph of a variable
2 :something curved: such as
a :a curving line of the human body
b curves plural :parenthesis
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

curvy

play \ˈkər-vē\ adjective

Examples of curve in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of curve

1666



CURVE Defined for English Language Learners

curve

verb

Definition of curve for English Language Learners

  • : 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


curve

noun

Definition of curve for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CURVE Defined for Kids

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curve

play
verb \ ˈkərv \

Definition of curve for Students

curved; curving
:to turn or cause to turn from a straight line or course
  • The road curved to the left.

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curve

noun

Definition of curve for Students

1 :a smooth rounded line or surface
  • Slow down! There's a curve in the road.
2 :something having a somewhat round shape
  • the curves of the body
3 :a ball thrown so that it moves away from a straight course


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