## CURVE

### Curve

In mathematics, a curve is, generally speaking, an object similar to a line but which is not required to be straight. This entails that a line is a special case of curve, namely a curve with null curvature.

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### curve

#### Noun

1. A gentle bend, such as in a road.
You should slow down when approaching a curve.
2. A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.
She scribbled a curve on the paper.
3. A grading system based on the scale of performance of a group used to normalize a right-skewed grade distribution (with more lower scores) into a bell curve, so that more can receive higher grades, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject.
The teacher was nice and graded the test on a curve
4. A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.
5. A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.
6. An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.
7. A one-dimensional continuum.
8. The attractive shape of a woman's body.

#### Verb

1. To bend; to crook.
to curve a line
to curve a pipe
2. To cause to swerve from a straight course.
to curve a ball in pitching it
3. To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.
the road curves to the right
4. To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).
The teacher will curve the test.