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Meaning of CURVE

Pronunciation:  kurv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter
  2. [n]  curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
  3. [n]  the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
  4. [n]  a line on a graph representing data
  5. [n]  the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  6. [v]  form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"; "The road curved"
  7. [v]  turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
  8. [v]  bend or cause to bend
  9. [v]  form an arch
  10. [v]  extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"

CURVE is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: arc, arch, bend, bender, breaking ball, crook, curl, curvature, curve ball, curved shape, cut, kink, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer, wind
 Antonyms: straight line
 See Also: arc, arch, be, bell, bell shape, bell-shaped curve, bend, bend, bend, blind bend, blind curve, bow, camber, campana, catenary, change surface, circumvolute, configuration, conformation, contour, crenation, crenature, crenel, crenelle, crescent, crook, crotchet, Cupid's bow, curliness, deform, delivery, elbow, envelope, extrados, flex, form, Gaussian curve, Gaussian shape, gooseneck, graph, graphical record, hairpin bend, helix, hook, intrados, line, line, line roulette, meander, normal curve, peel off, pitch, quadric, quadric surface, recurve, regression curve, regression line, road, roulette, route, scallop, section, segment, shape, sinuosity, sinuousness, snake, spiral, spiral, S-shape, straightness, turn, turn, turn, twist, undulation, wave, yaw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Curve\ (k[^u]rv), a. [L. curvus bent, curved. See
    Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a
    curve surface.
  2. \Curve\, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.]
    1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure;
       as, a curve in a railway or canal.
    2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having
       no finite portion of it a straight line.
    {Axis of a curve}. See under {Axis}.
    {Curve of quickest descent}. See {Brachystochrone}.
    {Curve tracing} (Math.), the process of determining the
       shape, location, singular points, and other peculiarities
       of a curve from its equation.
    {Plane curve} (Geom.), a curve such that when a plane passes
       through three points of the curve, it passes through all
       the other points of the curve. Any other curve is called a
       {curve of double curvature}, or a {twisted curve}.
  3. \Curve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curved} (k?rvd); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Curving}.] [L. curvare., fr. curvus. See {Curve}, a.,
    To bend; to crook; as, to curve a line; to curve a pipe; to
    cause to swerve from a straight course; as, to curve a ball
    in pitching it.
  4. \Curve\, v. i.
    To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the
    road curves to the right.
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