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Definition of "curve" []

  • A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion. (noun)
  • A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion. (noun)
  • Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body. (noun)
  • A relatively smooth bend in a road or other course. (noun)
  • A line representing data on a graph. (noun)
  • A continuously bending line that has no straight parts (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something that curves or is curved, such as a bend in a road or the contour of a woman's body (noun)
  • The act or extent of curving; curvature (noun)
  • A system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points (noun)
  • The graph of a function with one independent variable (noun)
  • A line representing data, esp statistical data, on a graph (noun)
  • To take or cause to take the shape or path of a curve; bend (verb)

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Use "curve" in a sentence
  • "And in the middle of the curve is a nook about five-and-a-half feet tall, a bit more than two feet wide and a foot deep."
  • "If you delay, then the stimulus might not start to work until the curve is already headed back up."
  • "The continuance of the curve is a narrow, unrailed bridge."