Curve - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɜːrv|  American pronunciation of the word curve
Brit.  |kɜːv|  British pronunciation of the word curve


- the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
- a line on a graph representing data
- a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter (syn: bender)
- the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface (syn: curvature)
- curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) (syn: bend)


- turn sharply; change direction abruptly (syn: cut, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer)
- extend in curves and turns (syn: twist, wind)
- form an arch or curve (syn: arc, arch)
her hips curve nicely
- bend or cause to bend (syn: crook)
the road curved sharply
- form a curl, curve, or kink (syn: curl, kink)

Extra examples

The tail curves over the dog's back.

The road curves to the left.

The fence curves in toward the side of the house.

The railing curves out near the observation platform.

The dog's tail has a slight curve.

There is a sharp curve coming up in the road.

The curve illustrates costs per capita.

The market demand curve has increased.

The car took the curve much too quickly.

The track curved round the side of the hill.

A smile curved her lips.

The driver decreased her speed as she approached the curve.

The car fishtailed on the icy curve.

...the driveway had to be built to curve around an irremovable tree...

The masonry at the crown of the arch is paler than on either curve.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: curve
he/she/it: curves
present participle: curving
past tense: curved
past participle: curved
singular: curve
plural: curves
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