Definition of


  1. (noun, shape) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  2. (noun, communication) a line on a graph representing data
  3. (noun, act) a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
  4. (noun, attribute) the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
  5. (noun, artifact) curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
  6. (verb, motion) turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    The motorbike veered to the right
  7. (verb, stative) extend in curves and turns
    the path twisted through the forest
  8. (verb, motion) form an arch or curve
    her hips curve nicely
  9. (verb, motion) bend or cause to bend
    the road curved sharply
  10. (verb, change) form a curl, curve, or kink

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Curve

straight line

Origin of the word Curve

  1. 1590s, from L. curvus "crooked, curved, bent," from curvus, from curvare "to bend," from PIE base *(s)ker- "to turn, bend" (see ring). The noun is attested from 1690s, "curved line;" with ref. to the female figure (usually pl.), from 1862; as a type of baseball pitch, from 1879. Related: Curvy (1902). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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