Translation of curve in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /kɜːrv; kɜːv/


  • 1.1 (bend) curva (feminine) to be ahead of/behind the curve estar a la vanguardia/a la retaguardia to throw sb a curve (American English/inglés norteamericano) agarrar or (especially Spain/especialmente España) coger* a algn desprevenido
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    • 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.
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    • 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 (contour) curva (feminine)
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    1.3 (on graph) curva (feminine) the Laffer curve la curva Laffer

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 [surface] estar* curvado or combado it curves outward está curvado hacia afuera 1.2 [river] describir* una curva; [ball] describir* una curva, curvear (Mexico/México) the path curves down to the sea el sendero tuerce y baja hacia el mar

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