curve

Definitions

General English

Electronics

  • A smooth and continuous line whose points all lie along a single dimension. This definition includes straight lines, and may represent, for instance, the graph of an equation or function. Also, that which has this shape.
  • A smooth and continuous line whose points all lie along a single dimension, and which has no parts that are straight. This definition does not include straight lines.

Publishing

  • noun a slang term for digital expression of a colour separation specification
  • verb to make something bend

Origin & History of “curve”

Curve has a wide circle of relations in English. It comes from Latin curvus ‘curved’, which had connections with Greek kurtós ‘curved’, Greek korōnos ‘curved’ (source of English crown), and Greek kírkos ‘ring, circle’ (source of English circle). when English acquired it, it was still an adjective, and English did not convert it into a noun until the 17th century.
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