- 1A line or outline which gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length: the parapet wall sweeps down in a bold curveMore example sentences
- Light from the street lamps would wrap around the compact space, following the natural curves.
- To his greatest regret later in life, he never published an account of the method that allowed the computation of areas, lengths of curves, tangents, and maxima and minima of functions.
- And the length of the curve is again a discontinuous function of the starting point.
- 1.1North American A place where a road deviates from a straight path: the vehicle rounded a curveMore example sentences
- The collision occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle at a curve in the road while attempting to avoid the Federal Border Guard.
- Each turn around Pacific Cove's many winding curves revealed smaller roads and hairpin turns.
- Figure 5 provides an illustration of the corner tracking-error issue when negotiating a curve in a road.
- 1.2 (curves) A curving contour of a woman’s figure: her dress twisted tightly round her generous curvesMore example sentences
- For now, you could throw a T-shirt over your bikini, shop for a swimsuit that downplays your curves or figure out where you could enjoy a girls-only swim.
- Her figures now show off curves as well as angles, and include touches of Impressionism as they pose, row boats and toddle babies across sandy beaches.
- Her body with its generous curves still followed its own limpid rhythms and her long braid with its colourful Patiala parandis moved slowly to and fro upon that impregnable behind.
- 1.3A line on a graph (whether straight or curved) showing how one quantity varies with respect to another: the population curveMore example sentences
- The graphs are likelihood curves of population growth rate when the population size estimate is at its maximum-likelihood value.
- From the fact that Newton uses the letter v for the ordinate, it may be inferred that Newton is thinking of the curve as being a graph of velocity against time.
- This measures the difference between the areas under the curve of a graph of actual distribution of cumulative income and one indicating equality of income distribution.
- 1.4 Baseball another term for curveball. he relies on a couple of curves and a modest fastballMore example sentences
- A midseason adjustment to throw the curve overhand helped his control.
- His fastball regularly hits 95 mph, and he throws a good slider and curve.
- He understands changing speeds better than any other prospect, and mixes in an above-average curve.
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- Form or cause to form a curve: [no object]: her mouth curved in a smile [with object]: starting with arms outstretched, curve the body sidewaysMore example sentences
bend, turn, loop, wind, meander, undulate, snake, spiral, twist, coil, curl; arc, arch, bow; bulge, swell• technical inflect• rare incurvebent, arched, bowed, crescent, curving, wavy, twisted, twisty, sinuous, serpentine, meandering, undulating, curvilinear, curvy; vaulted, rounded, concave, convex, domed, humped; hooked, aquiline• literary embowed• rare curviform
- She seemed more amused as her perfectly plucked eyebrows raised, a small smile curving her mouth.
- Her lips a luscious red with her mouth curving into a small smile as she approached him.
- Their tail is carried over their backs either tightly or loosely curled or curved in an arch.
ahead of (or behind) the curve
- (Especially of a business or politician) ahead of (or lagging behind) current thinking or trends: we are continually looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve and provide added value to our consumersMore example sentences
- An increase in imports from overseas, and automation of the weaving processes, mean that Selectus has had to keep ahead of the curve to stay in business.
- Dent makes it his business to be ahead of the curve.
- We can then begin to be ahead of the curve instead of behind it.
throw someone a curve
- North American • informal another way of saying throw someone a curveball. just when you think you have this parenting thing down pat, they throw you a curveMore example sentences
- Just when we got a bearing on a situation, the instructors would throw us another curve.
- There's nothing like some long-term epidemiological data to really throw a curve to the diet industry.
- This being the third edition of "Endurance," Zhou probably should have known that the producers would throw the contestants a curve.
late Middle English: from Latin curvare 'to bend', from curvus 'bent'. The noun dates from the late 17th century.