learning curve


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

Examples of learning curve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Take Note The real learning curve to this drone has to do with its remote control. Maya Polton, Parents, 12 Apr. 2024 To be fair, the learning curve is not at all steep, and digital cameras provide immediate feedback for judging exposure. PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 While there is a learning curve, White said there are a few things boarders should never do. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 28 Mar. 2024 In reality, building a successful company requires time and effort, making tough decisions, taking calculated risks and embracing failure as a natural part of the learning curve. Ryan Niddel, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 San Diego firefighters usually oppose hiring an outsider as chief based on concerns someone from another fire agency would struggle to understand the department’s culture and would face a steep learning curve. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Not that coverage of these areas didn’t entail steep learning curves. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 This tool simplifies the animation process, allowing users to create captivating visuals without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with animation software. Jon Stojan, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2024 At times, building a sustainable business has had a sharp learning curve. Michael Butler, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of learning curve was in 1922

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“Learning curve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/learning%20curve. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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