# Definitions for: Curve

[n] a baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter
[n] curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
[n] the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
[n] a line on a graph representing data
[n] the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
[v] form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"; "The road curved"
[v] turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
[v] bend or cause to bend
[v] form an arch
[v] extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"

Webster (1913) Definition: Curve (k[^u]rv), a. [L. curvus bent, curved. See
Cirb.]
Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a
curve surface.

Curve, n. [See Curve, a., Cirb.]
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.

Curve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curved (k?rvd); p. pr. &
vb. n. Curving.] [L. curvare., fr. curvus. See Curve, a.,
Curb.]
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.

Curve, v. i.
To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the

Synonyms: arc, arch, bend, bender, breaking ball, crook, curl, curvature, curve ball, curved shape, cut, kink, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer, wind

Antonyms: straight line

See Also: arc, arch, be, bell, bell shape, bell-shaped curve, bend, bend, bend, blind bend, blind curve, bow, camber, campana, catenary, change surface, circumvolute, configuration, conformation, contour, crenation, crenature, crenel, crenelle, crescent, crook, crotchet, Cupid's bow, curliness, deform, delivery, elbow, envelope, extrados, flex, form, Gaussian curve, Gaussian shape, gooseneck, graph, graphical record, hairpin bend, helix, hook, intrados, line, line, line roulette, meander, normal curve, peel off, pitch, quadric, quadric surface, recurve, regression curve, regression line, road, roulette, route, scallop, section, segment, shape, sinuosity, sinuousness, snake, spiral, spiral, S-shape, straightness, turn, turn, turn, twist, undulation, wave, yaw

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