curve

Pronunciation Adjective

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Pronunciation Adjective

**curve**

**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

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