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curve US English

A line or outline that gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length

curve US Thesaurus

the serpentine curves of the river

bell curve US English

A graph of a normal (Gaussian) distribution, with a large rounded peak tapering away at each end

light curve US English

A graph showing the variation in the light received over a period of time from a variable star or other varying celestial object

polar curve US English

A curve drawn on polar coordinates around a fixed point, as in a polar diagram

sine curve US English

A curve representing periodic oscillations of constant amplitude as given by a sine function

yield curve US English

A curve on a graph in which the yield of fixed-interest securities is plotted against the length of time they have to run to maturity

demand curve US English

A graph showing how the demand for a commodity or service varies with changes in its price

French curve US English

A template used for drawing curved lines

Laffer curve US English

A supposed relationship between economic activity and the rate of taxation that suggests the existence of an optimum tax rate that maximizes tax revenue

Lorenz curve US English

A graph on which the cumulative percentage of total national income (or some other variable) is plotted against the cumulative percentage of the corresponding population (ranked in increasing size of share). The extent to which the curve sags below a straight diagonal line indicates the degree of inequality of distribution

learning curve US English

The rate of a person’s progress in gaining experience or new skills

logistic curve US English

A sigmoid curve used in population studies which increases exponentially for small values of the variable, and approaches a constant value asymptotically for large values

Phillips curve US English

A supposed inverse relationship between the level of unemployment and the rate of inflation

survival curve US English

A graph showing the proportion of a population living after a given age, or at a given time after contracting a serious disease or receiving a radiation dose

dose-response curve US English

The relationship between the size of a dose and the extent of the response to it

indifference curve US English

A curve on a graph (the axes of which represent quantities of two commodities) linking those combinations of quantities that the consumer regards as of equal value

survivorship curve US English

A survival curve

transition curve US English

A curve of constantly changing radius, used to connect a circular arc to a straight line or to an arc of different curvature

characteristic curve US English

A graph showing the relationship between two variable but interdependent quantities

ahead of the curve US English

(Especially of a business or politician) ahead of (or lagging behind) current thinking or trends

spline curve in spline US English

A continuous curve constructed so as to pass through a given set of points and have a certain number of continuous derivatives

ahead of the curve in curve US English

(Especially of a business or politician) ahead of (or lagging behind) current thinking or trends

evolute US English

A curve that is the locus of the centers of curvature of another curve (its involute)

evolute curve in evolute US English

A curve that is the locus of the centers of curvature of another curve (its involute)

solidus curve in solidus US English

A curve in a graph of the temperature and composition of a mixture, below which the substance is entirely solid

liquidus US English

A curve in a graph of the temperature and composition of a mixture, above which the substance is entirely liquid

liquidus curve in liquidus US English

A curve in a graph of the temperature and composition of a mixture, above which the substance is entirely liquid

throw someone a curve in curve US English

another way of saying throw someone a curveball.

ahead of or behind the curve in curve US English

(Especially of a business or politician) ahead of (or lagging behind) current thinking or trends