curve: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kûrv), [key]
— n., v., adj. curved, curv•ing,
  1. a continuously bending line, without angles.
  2. the act or extent of curving.
  3. any curved outline, form, thing, or part.
  4. a curved section of a road, path, hallway, etc.
  5. 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
  6. Also called
    1. 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.
    2. the course of such a pitched ball.
  7. a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.
  8. a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.
  9. a misleading or deceptive trick; cheat; deception.
  10. 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.
  11. a curved guide used in drafting.
  12. at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.
    1. to take (someone) by surprise, esp. in a negative way.
    2. to mislead or deceive.
  1. to bend in a curve; cause to take the course of a curve.
  2. to grade on a curve.
  3. to pitch a curve to.
  1. to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.
  1. curved.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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