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Definition of 'curve'


  1. the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
       Synonyms: curved shape
       Antonyms: straight line
  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 approach the batter
       Synonyms: curve ball breaking ball bender
  4. the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
       Synonyms: curvature
  5. curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
       Synonyms: bend


  1. turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
       Synonyms: swerve sheer trend veer slue slew cut
  2. extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest"
       Synonyms: wind twist
  3. form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely"
       Synonyms: arch arc
  4. bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply"
       Synonyms: crook
  5. form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling"
       Synonyms: curl kink

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