1. [ noun ] the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
Synonyms: curved_shape
Related terms: straight_line line bend spiral arc normal_curve arch bell bow intrados hook envelope wave catenary crenature closed_curve crenation crescent quadric roulette s-shape cupid's_bow gooseneck sinuosity extrados perversion helix meander swerve
2. [ noun ] (mathematics) a line on a graph representing data
Related terms: line regression_line graph
3. [ verb ] (transportation) turn sharply; change direction abruptly
Synonyms: veer swerve cut sheer slue slew trend

"The car cut to the left at the intersection" "The motorbike veered to the right"

Related terms: turn peel_off yaw bend swerve yaw
4. [ noun ] (baseball) a baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter
Synonyms: breaking_ball bender curve_ball
Related terms: pitch bend
5. [ verb ] extend in curves and turns
Synonyms: wind

"The road winds around the lake"

Related terms: be circumvolute spiral snake curvature
6. [ verb ] form an arch or curve
Synonyms: arch arc

"her back arches" "her hips curve nicely"

Related terms: bend camber arch bow arch curvature curvature arch
7. [ verb ] bend or cause to bend
Synonyms: crook

"He crooked his index finger" "the road curved sharply"

Related terms: bend recurve curvature
8. [ verb ] form a curl, curve, or kink
Synonyms: curl kink

"the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling" "The road curved"

Related terms: change_surface coil bend
9. [ noun ] the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
Synonyms: curvature
Related terms: shape curliness straightness arch
10. [ noun ] curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
Synonyms: bend
Related terms: section elbow blind_bend hairpin_bend road bend swerve wind
Similar spelling:   curvey