1 noun
Related topics: Sport, Maths, Statistics
curve1 S3 W3 [countable]
1 a line that gradually bends like part of a circle
curve of
the curve of her hips
a sweeping curve of railroad track
2 a line on a graph that gradually bends and represents a change in the amount or level of something:
The curve illustrates costs per capita.
demand/supply curve
The market demand curve has increased.
3 a bend in a road, river etc:
The car took the curve much too quickly.
4DS also curve ball in baseball, a ball that spins and moves in a curve when it is thrown, so that it is difficult to hit

throw somebody a curve

American English to surprise someone with a question or problem that is difficult to deal with

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