# curve

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curve
curve [kʉrv]
[L curvus, bent: see CROWN]
Archaic curved
n.
1. a line having no straight part; bend having no angular part
2. a thing or part having the shape of a curve
3. the act of curving, or the extent of this
4. [pl.] the pronounced curving outline of a shapely female figure
5. Baseball a ball thrown by a right-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's left, or one thrown by a left-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's right
6. a curved line or similar graphic representation showing variations occurring or expected to occur in prices, business conditions, group achievements, etc.
7. FRENCH CURVE
8. Math. a one-dimensional continuum of points in a space of two or more dimensions, such as a parabola in a plane or a helix in three-dimensional space: a straight line or line segment is a type of curve
vt., vi.
curved, curving
1. to form a curve by bending
2. to move in a curved path
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ahead of the curve or behind the curve
anticipating (or not keeping up with) current trends, developments, etc.
SYN.- CURVE suggests a swerving or deflection in a line that follows or approximates the arc of a circle [he curved the next pitch ]; BEND1 refers to the curving of something that is normally straight but that yields to pressure or tension [to bend a wire ]; TWIST, in this connection, implies greater resistance in the object to be bent and often connotes a wrenching out of the normal line [to twist one's arm ]; TURN, in this comparison often interchangeable with BEND1, is used specifically where the object is curved back upon itself [to turn a bed sheet ]

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• curve — ⇒CURVE, adj. Rare. Courbe. J appris les secrets Des pertuisés roseaux et de la curve flûte (MORÉAS, Sylves, 1896, p. 161). Rem. Canada 1930, BÉL. 1957, DUL. 1968 attestent curve, subst. fém., région. (Canada) au sens de « courbe, tournant,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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