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# curve

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

• n. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
• n. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
• n. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
• n. A relatively smooth bend in a road or other course.
• n. A line representing data on a graph.
• n. A trend derived from or as if from such a graph: "Once again, the politicians are behind the curve” ( Ted Kennedy).
• n. A graphic representation showing the relative performance of individuals as measured against each other, used especially as a method of grading students in which the assignment of grades is based on predetermined proportions of students.
• n. Mathematics The graph of a function on a coordinate plane.
• n. Mathematics The intersection of two surfaces in three dimensions.
• n. Mathematics The graph of the solutions to any equation of two variables.
• n. Baseball A curve ball.
• n. Slang Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive.
• intransitive v. To move in or take the shape of a curve: The path curves around the lake.
• transitive v. To cause to curve. See Synonyms at bend1.
• transitive v. Baseball To pitch a curve ball to.
• transitive v. To grade (students, for example) on a curve.

• adj. Bent without angles; crooked; curved.
• n. A gentle bend, such as in a road.
• n. A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.
• n. A grading system based on the scale of performance of a group used to normalize a right-skewed grade distribution (with more lower scores) into a bell curve, so that more can receive higher grades, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject.
• n. A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.
• n. A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.
• n. An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.
• n. A one-dimensional continuum.
• n. The attractive shape of a woman's body.
• v. To bend; to crook.
• v. To cause to swerve from a straight course.
• v. To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.
• v. To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• adj. Bent without angles; crooked; curved.
• n. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure.
• n. A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line.
• transitive v. To bend; to crook; ; to cause to swerve from a straight course.
• intransitive v. To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.

### from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

• Bending; crooked; curved.
• n. A continuous bending; a flexure without angles; usually, as a concrete noun, a one-way geometrical locus which may be conceived as described by a point moving along a line round which as axis turns a plane, while the line rotates in the plane round the point.
• n. Anything continuously bent.
• n. A draftsman's instrument for forming curved figures.
• n. In base-ball, the course of a ball so pitched that it does not pass in a straight line from the pitcher to the catcher, but makes a deflection in the air other than the ordinary one caused by the force of gravity: as, it was difficult to gage the curves of the pitcher.
• To bend; cause to take the shape of a curve; crook; inflect.
• To have or assume a curved or flexed form: as, to curve inward.

• n. a line on a graph representing data
• v. bend or cause to bend
• v. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
• n. the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
• n. curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
• n. the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
• v. extend in curves and turns
• v. form an arch or curve
• v. form a curl, curve, or kink
• n. a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter

## Etymologies

From Middle English, curved, from Latin curvus. N., sense 6, short for curve ball.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin curvus ("bent, curved") (Wiktionary)