curve (kɜːv)  
—n  
1.  a continuously bending line that has no straight parts 
2.  something that curves or is curved, such as a bend in a road or the contour of a woman's body 
3.  the act or extent of curving; curvature 
4.  maths 
a. a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points  
b. the graph of a function with one independent variable  
5.  a line representing data, esp statistical data, on a graph: an unemployment curve 
6.  ahead of the curve ahead of the times; ahead of schedule 
7.  behind the curve behind the times; behind schedule 
8.  short for French curve 
—vb  
9.  to take or cause to take the shape or path of a curve; bend 
Related: sinuous  
[C15: from Latin curvāre to bend, from curvus crooked]  
curvedly  
—adv  
'curvedness  
—n  
'curvy  
—adj 
curve (kûrv)
n.
A line or surface that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
A curved line representing variations in data on a graph.
curve (kûrv) Pronunciation Key
