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# Curve

Pronunciation: kûrvd
a.1.Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface.
n.1.A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal.
2.(Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line.
 Axis of a curve See under Axis.
 Curve of quickest descent See Brachystochrone.
 Curve tracing (Math.) the process of determining the shape, location, singular points, and other peculiarities of a curve from its equation.
 Plane curve (Geom.) a curve such that when a plane passes through three points of the curve, it passes through all the other points of the curve. Any other curve is called a curve of double curvature, or a twisted curve.
v. t.1.To bend; to crook; as, to curve a line; to curve a pipe; to cause to swerve from a straight course; as, to curve a ball in pitching it.
[imp. & p. p. Curved (kûrvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Curving.]
v. i.1.To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right.
 Noun 1 curve - the trace of a point whose direction of motion changesSynonyms: curved shapeAntonyms: straight line - a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature; "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line" 2 curve - a line on a graph representing data 3 curve - a baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batterSynonyms: breaking ball, curve ball, bender 4 curve - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surfaceSynonyms: curvature 5 curve - curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)Synonyms: bend Verb 1 curve - turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"Synonyms: sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer, cut 2 curve - extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"Synonyms: wind 3 curve - form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"Synonyms: arc, arch 4 curve - bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply"Synonyms: crook 5 curve - form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"Synonyms: curl, kink
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