Definition of ogive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊdʒʌɪv/
Pronunciation: /əʊˈdʒʌɪv/


1 Architecture A pointed or Gothic arch.
Example sentences
  • For most populations, when cross-sectional data on the proportion of persons who have left home is graphed against age, the curve has the clear shape of an ogive.
1.1One of the diagonal groins or ribs of a vault.
1.2A thing having the profile of an ogive, especially the head of a projectile or the nose cone of a rocket.
Example sentences
  • The curve of the ogive usually is the arc of the circle, the center of which is located in a line perpendicular to the axis of the projectile and the radius of which is generally 6 to 11 calibers.
  • This lightweight insert extends the bullet nose and accommodates use of a longer ogive - the radius of the curve of the bullet tip.
  • It's essential that an optimum overall length for the cartridge is established for your chamber based on the distance the bullet ogive is set off the rifling.
2 Statistics A cumulative frequency graph.



Pronunciation: /əʊˈdʒʌɪv(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • In its preference for elaborate geometric figures, ogival forms, and complex molding, the Netherlandish Gothic of the sixteenth century differs even from that of the mid-fifteenth century.
  • The most distinctive part of the reliquary is its cupola, a small ogival crystal vault divided into six sections by ribs decorated with crockets.
  • The tabernacles framing the niche, for instance, are formed by bells whose contours define inverted ogival trefoils.


Late Middle English: from French, of unknown origin.

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