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Noun: curve  kurv
  1. A smooth line containing no straight portions and no sharp angles
    - curved shape
     
  2. A line on a graph representing data
     
  3. A pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
    - curve ball [N. Amer], breaking ball
     
  4. The property possessed by a non-straight line or non-flat surface
    - curvature
     
  5. Curved segment (of a road, river or railway track etc.)
    - bend
Verb: curve  kurv
  1. Turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    "The motorbike curved to the right";
    - swerve, sheer, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut
     
  2. Extend in curves and turns
    "The road curves around the lake";
    - wind[2], twist
     
  3. Form an arch or curve
    "her hips curve nicely";
    - arch, arc
     
  4. Bend or cause to bend
    "the road curved sharply";
    - crook
     
  5. Form a curl, curve, or kink
    "the cigar smoke curved up at the ceiling";
    - curl, kink

Derived forms: curved, curves, curving

Type of: be, bend, change surface, configuration, conformation, contour, delivery, flex, form, line, pitch, section, segment, shape, turn

Antonym: straight line

Part of: graph, graphical record, road, route

Encyclopedia: Curve