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curve
noun
1 a line no part of which is straight, or a surface no part of which is flat, eg part of a circle or sphere.
2 any smoothly arched line or shape, like part of a circle or sphere.
3 (curves) colloq the rounded contours and shapes of a woman's body.
4 any line representing measurable data, eg birth-rate on a graph.
5 maths any line (including a straight line) representing a series of points whose co-ordinates satisfy a particular equation.
verb (curved , curving ) tr & intr to form or form into a curve; to move in a curve.
[16c: from Latin curvare , from curvus crooked]


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