curve

[kษœหv]

curve Definition

  • 1a line or outline that gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length
  • 2a bend in a road, path, or river
  • 3a graph showing the relation between two variables, typically measured along a pair of axes at right angles

Using curve: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "curve" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The road ahead curved to the left.

  • Example

    The curve of her smile was enchanting.

  • Example

    The graph shows a curve that rises steeply at first and then levels off.

  • Example

    He threw a curve ball that surprised the batter.

curve Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for curve

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Phrases with curve

  • the rate of progress in learning a new skill or subject

    Example

    The learning curve for this software is steep, but once you get the hang of it, it's very useful.

  • bell curve

    a graph of a normal distribution, with a large rounded peak tapering away at each end

    Example

    The test scores followed a bell curve, with most students scoring around the average.

  • steep curve

    a sudden or rapid change in a situation or trend

    Example

    The pandemic caused a steep curve in unemployment rates.

Origins of curve

from Latin 'curvus', meaning 'bent, curved'

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Summary: curve in Brief

The term 'curve' [kษœหv] refers to a line or outline that deviates from being straight, such as a bend in a road or a graph showing the relation between two variables. It can also denote the rate of progress in learning a new skill, as in 'learning curve.' 'Curve' extends into phrases like 'bell curve,' which describes a graph of a normal distribution, and 'steep curve,' which implies a sudden or rapid change in a situation or trend.

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