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curve

## curve

```  7  definitions  found

From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]:

through  +  ?  to  go.]  (Physics)
Not  giving  out  or  receiving  heat.  --  {Ad`i*a*bat`ic*al*ly},

{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

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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