# degree of curve

1.
See under curve (def 5).

## curve

[kurv] /kɜrv/
noun
1.
a continuously bending line, without angles.
2.
the act or extent of curving.
3.
any curved outline, form, thing, or part.
4.
a curved section of a road, path, hallway, etc.
5.
Railroads. a curved section of track: in the U.S. the curve is often expressed as the central angle, measured in degrees, of a curved section of track subtended by a chord 100 feet (30 meters) long (degree of curve)
6.
Also called curve ball. Baseball.
1. a pitch delivered with a spin that causes the ball to veer from a normal straight path, away from the side from which it was thrown.
2. the course of such a pitched ball.
7.
a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.
8.
Mathematics. a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.
9.
a misleading or deceptive trick; cheat; deception.
10.
Education. a grading system based on the scale of performance of a group, so that those performing better, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject, receive high grades:
The new English professor marks on a curve.
Compare absolute (def 10).
11.
a curved guide used in drafting.
verb (used with object), curved, curving.
12.
to bend in a curve; cause to take the course of a curve.
13.
14.
Baseball. to pitch a curve to.
verb (used without object), curved, curving.
15.
to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.
16.
having the shape of a curve; curved.
Idioms
17.
ahead of / behind the curve, at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.
18.
throw (someone) a curve,
1. to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
Origin of curve
1565-1575
1565-75; (< Middle French) < Latin curvus crooked, bent, curved
Related forms
curvedly
[kur-vid-lee] /ˈkɜr vɪd li/ (Show IPA),
curvedness, noun
undercurve, noun
undercurve, verb (used without object), undercurved, undercurving.
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British Dictionary definitions for degree of curve

## curve

/kɜːv/
noun
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)
1. a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points
2. the graph of a function with one independent variable
5.
a line representing data, esp statistical data, on a graph: an unemployment curve
6.
7.
behind the curve, behind the times; behind schedule
8.
short for French curve
verb
9.
to take or cause to take the shape or path of a curve; bend
related
Derived Forms
curvedness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin curvāre to bend, from curvus crooked
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Word Origin and History for degree of curve

## curve

v.

early 15c. (implied in curved), from Latin curvus "crooked, curved, bent," and curvare "to bend," both from PIE root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend" (see ring (n.)).

n.

1690s, "curved line," from curve (v.). With reference to the female figure (usually plural, curves), from 1862; as a type of baseball pitch, from 1879.

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degree of curve in Medicine

curve (kûrv)
n.

1. A line or surface that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.

2. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.

3. A curved line representing variations in data on a graph.

v. curved, curv·ing, curves
To move in or take the shape of a curve.
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degree of curve in Science
 curve   (kûrv)    A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.
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Idioms and Phrases with degree of curve

## curve

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### Word Value for degree

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