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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adiabatic  \Ad`i*a*bat"ic\,  a.  [Gr.  ?  not  passable;  'a  priv.  +  ? 
  through  +  ?  to  go.]  (Physics) 
  Not  giving  out  or  receiving  heat.  --  {Ad`i*a*bat`ic*al*ly}, 
  adv 
 
  {Adiabatic  line}  or  {curve},  a  curve  exhibiting  the 
  variations  of  pressure  and  volume  of  a  fluid  when  it 
  expands  without  either  receiving  or  giving  out  heat. 
  --Rankine. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Geodetic  \Ge`o*det"ic\,  Geodetical  \Ge`o*det"ic*al\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  geodesy;  obtained  or  determined  by  the 
  operations  of  geodesy;  engaged  in  geodesy;  geodesic;  as 
  geodetic  surveying;  geodetic  observers. 
 
  {Geodetic  line}  or  {curve},  the  shortest  line  that  can  be 
  drawn  between  two  points  on  the  elipsoidal  surface  of  the 
  earth;  a  curve  drawn  on  any  given  surface  so  that  the 
  osculating  plane  of  the  curve  at  every  point  shall  contain 
  the  normal  to  the  surface;  the  minimum  line  that  can  be 
  drawn  on  any  surface  between  any  two  points. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curve  \Curve\  (k[^u]rv),  a.  [L.  curvus  bent,  curved.  See 
  {Cirb}.] 
  Bent  without  angles;  crooked;  curved;  as  a  curve  line  a 
  curve  surface. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curve  \Curve\,  n.  [See  {Curve},  a.,  {Cirb}.] 
  1.  A  bending  without  angles;  that  which  is  bent;  a  flexure; 
  as  a  curve  in  a  railway  or  canal. 
 
  2.  (Geom.)  A  line  described  according  to  some  low  and  having 
  no  finite  portion  of  it  a  straight  line 
 
  {Axis  of  a  curve}.  See  under  {Axis}. 
 
  {Curve  of  quickest  descent}.  See  {Brachystochrone}. 
 
  {Curve  tracing}  (Math.),  the  process  of  determining  the 
  shape,  location,  singular  points,  and  other  peculiarities 
  of  a  curve  from  its  equation. 
 
  {Plane  curve}  (Geom.),  a  curve  such  that  when  a  plane  passes 
  through  three  points  of  the  curve,  it  passes  through  all 
  the  other  points  of  the  curve.  Any  other  curve  is  called  a 
  {curve  of  double  curvature},  or  a  {twisted  curve}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curve  \Curve\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Curved}  (k?rvd);  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Curving}.]  [L.  curvare.,  fr  curvus  See  {Curve},  a., 
  {Curb}.] 
  To  bend;  to  crook;  as  to  curve  a  line  to  curve  a  pipe;  to 
  cause  to  swerve  from  a  straight  course;  as  to  curve  a  ball 
  in  pitching  it 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Curve  \Curve\,  v.  i. 
  To  bend  or  turn  gradually  from  a  given  direction;  as  the 
  road  curves  to  the  right 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  curve 
  n  1:  the  trace  of  a  point  whose  direction  of  motion  changes  [syn: 
  {curved  shape}]  [ant:  {straight  line}] 
  2:  a  line  on  a  graph  representing  data 
  3:  a  baseball  thrown  with  spin  so  that  its  path  curves  as  it 
  approach  the  batter  [syn:  {curve  ball},  {breaking  ball},  {bender}] 
  4:  the  property  possessed  by  the  curving  of  a  line  or  surface 
  [syn:  {curvature}] 
  5:  curved  segment  [syn:  {bend}] 
  v  1:  turn  sharply;  change  direction  abruptly;  "The  car  cut  to  the 
  left  at  the  intersection";  "The  motorbike  veered  to  the 
  right"  [syn:  {swerve},  {sheer},  {trend},  {veer},  {slue}, 
  {slew},  {cut}] 
  2:  extend  in  curves  and  turns;  "The  road  winds  around  the  lake" 
  [syn:  {wind}] 
  3:  form  an  arch  [syn:  {arch},  {arc}] 
  4:  bend  or  cause  to  bend  [syn:  {crook}] 
  5:  form  a  curl,  curve,  or  kink;  "the  cigar  smoke  curled  up  at 
  the  ceiling";  "The  road  curved"  [syn:  {curl},  {kink}] 




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