# Ahead of the curve

a continuously bending line, without angles.

the act or extent of curving.

any curved outline, form, thing, or part.

a curved section of a road, path, hallway, etc.

Railroads. a curved section of track: in the U.S. the curve is often expressed as the central angle, measured in degrees, of a curved section of track subtended by a chord 100 feet (30 meters) long (degree of curve)

Also called curve ball. Baseball.

a pitch delivered with a spin that causes the ball to veer from a normal straight path, away from the side from which it was thrown.

the course of such a pitched ball.

a graphic representation of the variations effected in something by the influence of changing conditions; graph.

Mathematics. a collection of points whose coordinates are continuous functions of a single independent variable.

a misleading or deceptive trick; cheat; deception.

Education. a grading system based on the scale of performance of a group, so that those performing better, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject, receive high grades:

The new English professor marks on a curve.

Compare (def 10).

a curved guide used in drafting.

to bend in a curve; cause to take the course of a curve.

to grade on a curve.

Baseball. to pitch a curve to.

to bend in a curve; take the course of a curve.

having the shape of a curve; curved.

ahead of / behind the curve, at the forefront of (or lagging behind) recent developments, trends, etc.

throw (someone) a curve,

to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.

to mislead or deceive.

**noun**

a continuously bending line that has no straight parts

something that curves or is curved, such as a bend in a road or the contour of a woman’s body

the act or extent of curving; curvature

(maths)

a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points

the graph of a function with one independent variable

a line representing data, esp statistical data, on a graph: an unemployment curve

ahead of the curve, ahead of the times; ahead of schedule

behind the curve, behind the times; behind schedule

short for French curve

**verb**

to take or cause to take the shape or path of a curve; bend

v.

early 15c. (implied in curved), from Latin curvus “crooked, curved, bent,” and curvare “to bend,” both from PIE root *(s)ker- “to turn, bend” (see ring (n.)).

n.

1690s, “curved line,” from curve (v.). With reference to the female figure (usually plural, curves), from 1862; as a type of baseball pitch, from 1879.

curve (kûrv)

n.

A line or surface that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.

Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.

A curved line representing variations in data on a graph.

v. curved, curv·ing, curves

To move in or take the shape of a curve.

curve

(kûrv)

A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.

The graph of a function on a coordinate plane. In this technical sense, straight lines, circles, and waves are all curves.

see: throw a curve

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