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curve /ˈkɝv/

曲線,彎曲,曲球(vt.)彎,使彎曲(vi.)成曲形

curve

曲線

From: Network Terminology

curve

曲線

Curve a. Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface.

Curve, n.

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.

Curve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Curved p. pr. & vb. n. Curving.] 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.

Curve, v. i. To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right.

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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 (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)

[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 or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve

nicely" [syn: arch, arc]

4: bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the

road curved sharply" [syn: crook]

5: form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at

the ceiling" [syn: curl, kink]