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Definition 1: a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

Definition 2: curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

"a section of a fishing rod" "metal sections were used below ground" "finished the final segment of the road"

(... is a kind of curve ) a curve or bend in the road that you cannot see around as you are driving

(... is a kind of curve ) a sharp bend in a road or river

(... is a kind of curve ) a U-shaped bend in a road

(... is part of curve) an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

(curve belongs to category ...) a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)

"the river was navigable for 50 miles"

Definition 3: the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

"he could barely make out their shapes"

(... is a kind of curve ) (of hair) a tendency to curl

(... is a kind of curve ) (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl

Definition 4: a line on a graph representing data - [noun denoting communication]

(curve is a kind of ...) a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

(... is a kind of curve ) a smooth curve fitted to the set of paired data in regression analysis; for linear regression the curve is a straight line

(... is part of curve) a visual representation of the relations between certain quantities, represented as points, plotted with reference to a set of axes

Definition 5: the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

(... is a kind of curve ) a symmetrical curve representing the normal distribution

(... is a kind of curve ) one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)

(... is a kind of curve ) a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center

(... is a kind of curve ) a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle

(... is a kind of curve ) a curve that reverses the direction of something

"the tendrils of the plant exhibited perversion" "perversion also shows up in kinky telephone cords"

(... is a kind of curve ) having curves

"he hated the sinuosity of mountain roads"

(... is a kind of curve ) a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening

(... is a kind of curve ) the shape of a bell

(... is a kind of curve ) something curved in shape

(... is a kind of curve ) any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters

(... is a kind of curve ) a curve or surface whose equation (in Cartesian coordinates) is of the second degree

(... is a kind of curve ) any of several plane algebraic curves in the shape of a figure eight

(... is a kind of curve ) a continuous portion of a circle

(... is a kind of curve ) a curve that is tangent to each of a family of curves

(... is a kind of curve ) a bend or curve, as in a stream or river

(... is a kind of curve ) a curve (such as a circle) having no endpoints

(... is a kind of curve ) a double curve resembling the letter S

(... is a kind of curve ) the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points

(... is a kind of curve ) the double curve of the upper lip when considered to resemble Cupid's bow

(... is a kind of curve ) an undulating curve

(... is a kind of curve ) the exterior curve of an arch

(... is a kind of curve ) something in a thin curved form (like the neck of a goose)

(... is a kind of curve ) the interior curve of an arch

(... is a kind of curve ) a circular segment of a curve

"a bend in the road" "a crook in the path"

(... is a kind of curve ) a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

(... is a kind of curve ) a line generated by a point on one figure rolling around a second figure

Definition 6: form a curl, curve, or kink - [verb of change]

Samples where curve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

(curve implies ...) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

"bend the rod" "twist the dough into a braid" "the strong man could turn an iron bar"

Definition 7: turn sharply; change direction abruptly - [verb of motion]

Samples where curve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car cut to the left at the intersection
  • The motorbike veered to the right

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

(... is a kind of curve ) leave a formation

(... is a kind of curve ) swerve off course momentarily

"the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"

Definition 8: form an arch or curve - [verb of motion]

Samples where curve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her back arches
  • her hips curve nicely

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) form a curve

"The stick does not bend"

(... is a kind of curve ) curve upward in the middle

Definition 9: bend or cause to bend - [verb of motion]

Samples where curve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He crooked his index finger
  • the road curved sharply

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) form a curve

"The stick does not bend"

(... is a kind of curve ) curve or bend (something) back or down

Definition 10: extend in curves and turns - [verb of stative]

Samples where curve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The road winds around the lake
  • the path twisted through the forest

Synonyms for curve in the sense of this definition

(curve is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of curve ) wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snail

(... is a kind of curve ) form a spiral

"The path spirals up the mountain"

(... is a kind of curve ) form a snake-like pattern

"The river snakes through the valley"

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