curve: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kûrv), [key]
— n., v., adj. curved, curv•ing,
- a continuously bending line, without angles.
- the act or extent of curving.
- any curved outline, form, thing, or part.
- a curved section of a road, path, hallway, etc.
- a curved section of track: in the U.S. the curve is often expressed as the central angle, measured in degrees, of a curved section of track subtended by a chord 100 ft. (30 m) long
- Also called
- a pitch delivered with a spin that causes the ball to veer from a normal straight path, away from the side from which it was thrown.
- the course of such a pitched ball.
- a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.
- a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.
- a misleading or deceptive trick; cheat; deception.
- a grading system based on the scale of performance of a group, so that those performing better, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject, receive high grades:Cf. absolute (def. 10). The new English professor marks on a curve.
- a curved guide used in drafting.
- at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.
- to take (someone) by surprise, esp. in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
- to bend in a curve; cause to take the course of a curve.
- to grade on a curve.
- to pitch a curve to.
- to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.
- curve (Thesaurus)