Meaning of CURVE in English



In mathematics, an abstract term used to describe the path of a continuously moving point (see continuity ).

Such a path is usually generated by an equation. The word can also apply to a straight line or to a series of line segments linked end to end. A closed curve is a path that repeats itself, and thus encloses one or more regions. Simple examples include circles , ellipses , and polygons . Open curves such as parabolas , hyperbolas , and spirals have infinite length.

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