# Curve

#### Pronunciation

*RP***IPA:***/kɜːv/**GenAM***IPA:***/kɝv/*- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)v

#### Origin

From *Latin* __curvus__ ("bent, curved")

## Full definition of curve

#### Adjective

#### curve

- (
*obsolete*) Bent without angles; crooked; curved.*a curve line**a curve surface*

#### Noun

#### 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 plural*) The attractive shape of a woman's body.

#### Derived terms

#### Verb

- (
*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.