from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Statistics A distribution curve in which the frequencies are cumulative.
- n. Statistics A frequency distribution.
- n. Architecture A diagonal rib of a Gothic vault.
- n. Architecture A pointed arch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The curve of a cumulative distribution function.
- n. A Gothic pointed arch, or a rib of a Gothic vault.
- n. The pointed, curved nose of a bullet, missile, or rocket.
- n. A three-dimensional wave-bulge, characteristic of glaciers that have experienced extreme underlying topographic change.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The arch or rib which crosses a Gothic vault diagonally.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture: A pointed arch; also, the diagonal rib of a vault of the type normal in the French architecture of the thirteenth century. See arc ogive, under arc.
- n. A window of the Pointed style.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. front consisting of the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload from heat during its passage through the atmosphere
Middle English ogif and French ogive, diagonal rib of a vault, both from Old French augive, probably from Vulgar Latin *obviātīva, from Late Latin obviāta, feminine past participle of obviāre, to resist; see obviate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French augive/ogive. Several origins have been speculated for the Middle French, including Spanish aljibe, Arabic ال (al, "the") جب (jubb, "jug"), and Latin obviāta. (Wiktionary)