learning curve


Definition of learning curve

1 : a curve plotting performance against practice especially : one graphing decline in unit costs with cumulative output
2 : the course of progress made in learning something

Examples of learning curve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sure, the loss of Dax Milne will cause a learning curve, but BYU was able to bring in enough talent to replace the loss of production. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 June 2021 An outside candidate requires a learning curve, but the school needed to continue with the consolidation process and not lose momentum, which led to Lonon’s swift nomination, Lira Bravo added. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 That propelled a learning curve that’s allowed Hanson to thrive. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 Districts establishing online schools face a learning curve. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2021 Still, Paltrow said that the separation provided a learning curve for her. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Mar. 2021 With no summer league or offseason team workouts to help smooth their transition, NBA rookies are facing a steeper learning curve this season amid the pandemic. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Dec. 2020 There’s still going to be a learning curve, but the upside is there. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2021 Remember, there is always a learning curve with a new job. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of learning curve

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of learning curve was in 1922

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9 Jun 2021

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“Learning curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning%20curve. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of learning curve

: the rate at which someone learns something new : the course of progress made in learning something


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