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English noun: curve

1. curve (shape) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes


Synonymscurved shape


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)arc, arc, arch, bell, bell shape, bell-shaped curve, bend, bow, campana, catenary, closed curve, crenation, crenature, crenel, crenelle, crescent, crook, crotchet, Cupid's bow, envelope, extrados, Gaussian curve, Gaussian shape, gooseneck, helix, hook, intrados, line roulette, meander, normal curve, perversion, quadric, quadric surface, roulette, S-shape, scallop, sinuosity, sinuousness, spiral, spiral, turn, twist, undulation, wave


Antonymsstraight line

2. curve (communication) a line on a graph representing data


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)regression curve, regression line


Part meronymgraph, graphical record

3. curve (act) a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter


Synonymsbender, breaking ball, curve ball


Broader (hypernym)delivery, pitch

4. curve (attribute) the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface


Synonymscurvature


Broader (hypernym)configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape


Narrower (hyponym)curliness, straightness, waviness

5. curve (artifact) curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)


Synonymsbend


Broader (hypernym)section, segment


Narrower (hyponym)blind bend, blind curve, elbow, hairpin bend


Part meronymroad, route


Domain categoryriver


English verb: curve

1. curve (motion) turn sharply; change direction abruptly


SamplesThe car cut to the left at the intersection.
The motorbike veered to the right.


Synonymscut, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)turn


Narrower (hyponym)peel off, yaw

2. curve (stative) extend in curves and turns


SamplesThe road winds around the lake.
The path twisted through the forest.


Synonymstwist, wind


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)circumvolute, snake, spiral

3. curve (motion) form an arch or curve


SamplesHer back arches.
Her hips curve nicely.


Synonymsarc, arch


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bend, flex


Narrower (hyponym)camber

4. curve (motion) bend or cause to bend


SamplesHe crooked his index finger.
The road curved sharply.


Synonymscrook


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bend, flex


Narrower (hyponym)recurve

5. curve (change) form a curl, curve, or kink


SamplesThe cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling.


Synonymscurl, kink


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change surface


Entailbend, deform, flex, turn, twist









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