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### Meaning of CURVE

 Pronunciation: kurv WordNet Dictionary Definition: [n]  a baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter [n]  curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) [n]  the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface [n]  a line on a graph representing data [n]  the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes [v]  form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"; "The road curved" [v]  turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right" [v]  bend or cause to bend [v]  form an arch [v]  extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake" CURVE is a 5 letter word that starts with C. Synonyms: Antonyms: straight line See Also: Webster's 1913 Dictionary Definition: ```\Curve\ (k[^u]rv), a. [L. curvus bent, curved. See {Cirb}.] Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface. ``` ```\Curve\, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.] 1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. 2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line. {Axis of a curve}. See under {Axis}. {Curve of quickest descent}. See {Brachystochrone}. {Curve tracing} (Math.), the process of determining the shape, location, singular points, and other peculiarities of a curve from its equation. {Plane curve} (Geom.), a curve such that when a plane passes through three points of the curve, it passes through all the other points of the curve. Any other curve is called a {curve of double curvature}, or a {twisted curve}. ``` ```\Curve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curved} (k?rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curving}.] [L. curvare., fr. curvus. See {Curve}, a., {Curb}.] To bend; to crook; as, to curve a line; to curve a pipe; to cause to swerve from a straight course; as, to curve a ball in pitching it. ``` ```\Curve\, v. i. To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right. ``` Thesaurus Terms Related Terms: aberrancy, aberration, arc, arch, artful dodge, artifice, bag of tricks, bear off, bend, bend back, bias, blind, bluff, bosey, bow, bowl, branch off, branching off, cast, catacaustic, catch, catenary, caustic, change of pace, change the bearing, change-up, chicanery, chouse, chuck, chunk, circle, circuit, circuitousness, circumference, coil, compass, conchoid, corner, crook, curl, curvation, curvature, curve-ball, declination, decurve, deflect, depart from, departure, design, detour, deviance, deviancy, deviate, deviation, device, deviousness, diacaustic, diffract, diffuse, digress, digression, dirty deal, dirty trick, discursion, disperse, distort, divagate, divagation, divaricate, divarication, diverge, divergence, diversion, divert, dodge, dogleg, dome, double, downcurve, drift, drifting, ellipse, embow, errantry, excursion, excursus, exorbitation, fast deal, fastball, feint, festoon, fetch, ficelle, flex, fling, flip, forward pass, gambit, gimmick, googly, hairpin, heave, heel, hocus-pocus, hook, hump, hunch, hurl, hyperbola, incurvate, incurvation, incurvature, incurve, indirection, inflect, inflection, joker, juggle, knuckleball, lateral, lateral pass, lituus, lob, loop, obliquity, outcurve, parabola, pass, peg, pererration, pitch, ploy, pull, put, rambling, recurve, reflect, reflex, refract, retroflex, rondure, round, ruse, sag, scatter, scheme, screwball, scurvy trick, serve, service, sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, shot-put, shy, sinker, sinus, skew, slant, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, slider, sling, spiral, spitball, spitter, stratagem, straying, subterfuge, swag, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, tack, throw, toss, tracery, trend, trick, turn, turn aside, turning, twist, upcurve, variation, vary, vault, veer, wandering, warp, wile, wind, yaw, zigzag