Meaning of CURVE in English


— curvedly /kerr"vid lee/ , adv. — curvedness , n. — curveless , adj.

/kerrv/ , n. , v. , curved, curving , adj.


1. a continuously bending line, without angles.

2. the act or extent of curving.

3. any curved outline, form, thing, or part.

4. a curved section of a road, path, hallway, etc.

5. Railroads. a curved section of track: in the U.S. the curve is often expressed as the central angle, measured in degrees, of a curved section of track subtended by a chord 100 ft. (30 m) long (degree of curve) .

6. Also called curve ball . Baseball.

a. a pitch delivered with a spin that causes the ball to veer from a normal straight path, away from the side from which it was thrown.

b. the course of such a pitched ball.

7. a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.

8. Math. a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.

9. a misleading or deceptive trick; cheat; deception.

10. Educ. a grading system based on the scale of performance of a group, so that those performing better, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject, receive high grades: The new English professor marks on a curve. Cf. absolute (def. 10).

11. a curved guide used in drafting.

12. ahead of (or behind ) the curve , at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.

13. throw (someone) a curve ,

a. to take (someone) by surprise, esp. in a negative way.

b. to mislead or deceive.


14. to bend in a curve; cause to take the course of a curve.

15. to grade on a curve.

16. Baseball. to pitch a curve to.


17. to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.


18. curved.

[ 1565-75; ( curvus crooked, bent, curved ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .