curve (plural curves)
- A gentle bend, such as in a road.
- You should slow down when approaching a curve.
- A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.
- She scribbled a curve on the paper.
- A grading system based on the scale of performance of a group used to normalize a right-skewed grade distribution (with more lower scores) into a bell curve, so that more can receive higher grades, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject.
- The teacher was nice and graded the test on a curve.
- (analytic geometry) A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.
- (geometry) A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.
- (algebraic geometry) An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.
- (topology) A one-dimensional continuum.
- (informal, usually, in the plural) The attractive shape of a woman's body.
curve (curves, present participle curving; past and past participle curved)
- (transitive) To bend; to crook.
- to curve a line
- to curve a pipe
- (transitive) To cause to swerve from a straight course.
- to curve a ball in pitching it
- (intransitive) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.
- the road curves to the right
- To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).
- The teacher will curve the test.
- (slang) To reject, to turn down romantic advances
- French: courber
- German: biegen, verbiegen
- Italian: curvare
- Portuguese: curvar, envergar
- Russian: изгиба́ть
- Spanish: curvar, encorvar
- Portuguese: curvar