curve


curve
curve curve [kɜːv ǁ kɜːrv] noun [countable]
a diagram showing how a price or an amount changes in relation to another price, amount etc:

• The price curve is rising as the bond gets closer to maturity.

US /kɜːv/ noun [C]
GRAPHS & CHARTS a line on a graph that shows a relationship between two sets of information, for example changes in price over time: »

Copper looks like it has reached the top of its price curve.

a falling/downward curve »

Research spending has been on a falling curve.

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a rising/upward curve

a steep/smooth/sharp curve »

Climate change appears to demand we put our electricity usage on a steep downward curve.

ahead of the curve — Cf. ahead of the curve
behind the curve — Cf. behind the curve
See also ADOPTION CURVE(Cf. ↑adoption curve), BELL CURVE(Cf. ↑bell curve), DEMAND CURVE(Cf. ↑demand curve), EXPERIENCE CURVE(Cf. ↑experience curve), GROWTH CURVE(Cf. ↑growth curve), INDIFFERENCE CURVE(Cf. ↑indifference curve), J-CURVE(Cf. ↑J-curve), LEARNING CURVE(Cf. ↑learning curve), YIELD CURVE(Cf. ↑yield curve)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • curve — vb Curve, bend, twist are comparable when they mean to swerve or cause to swerve or deviate from a straight line or a normal direction or course. Curve is the word of widest application, and it may describe any deviation or swerving from the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • curve — [kʉrv] adj. [L curvus, bent: see CROWN] Archaic curved n. 1. a line having no straight part; bend having no angular part 2. a thing or part having the shape of a curve 3. the act of curving, or the extent of this 4. [pl.] the pronounced curving… …   English World dictionary

  • curve — ⇒CURVE, adj. Rare. Courbe. J appris les secrets Des pertuisés roseaux et de la curve flûte (MORÉAS, Sylves, 1896, p. 161). Rem. Canada 1930, BÉL. 1957, DUL. 1968 attestent curve, subst. fém., région. (Canada) au sens de « courbe, tournant,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Curve — Curve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curved} (k[^u]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curving}.] [L. curvare., fr. curvus. See {Curve}, a., {Curb}.] To bend; to crook; as, to curve a line; to curve a pipe; to cause to swerve from a straight course; as, to curve a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curve — (k[^u]rv), a. [L. curvus bent, curved. See {Cirb}.] Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curve — (englisch für „Kurve; Rundung“) bezeichnet: eine britische Rock /Electronica Band, siehe Curve (Band) eine US amerikanische Lesbenzeitschrift, siehe Curve (Zeitschrift) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • curve — curve; curve·some; in·curve; …   English syllables

  • Curve — Curve, v. i. To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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