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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Adiabatic \Ad`i*a*bat"ic\, a. [Gr. ? not passable; 'a priv. + ? through + ? to go.] (Physics) Not giving out or receiving heat. -- Ad`i*a*bat`ic*al*ly, adv.
Note: The adiabatic expansion of carbon dioxide from a compressed container causes the temperature of the gas to decrease rapidly below its freezing point, resulting in the familiar carbon dioxide ``snow'' emitted by carbon dioxide fire extinguishers.
Adiabatic line or curve, a curve exhibiting the
variations of pressure and volume of a fluid when it
expands without either receiving or giving out heat.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c. (implied in curved), from Latin curvus "crooked, curved, bent," and curvare "to bend," both from PIE root *(s)ker- (2) "to turn, bend" (see ring (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.
(context obsolete English) Bent without angles; crooked; curved. n. 1 A gentle bend, such as in a road. 2 A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line. 3 A grading system based on the scale of performance of a group used to normalize a right-skewed grade distribution (with more lower scores) into a bell curve, so that more can receive higher grades, regardless of their actual knowledge of the subject. 4 (context analytic geometry English) A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space. 5 (context geometry English) A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space. 6 (context algebraic geometry English) An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates. 7 (context topology English) A one-dimensional continuum. 8 (context informal usually in plural English) The attractive shape of a woman's body. v
1 (context transitive English) To bend; to crook. 2 (context transitive English) To cause to swerve from a straight course. 3 (context intransitive English) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction. 4 To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).
extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake" [syn: wind]
bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply" [syn: crook]
a line on a graph representing data
the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface [syn: curvature]
curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) [syn: bend]
In mathematics, a curve (also called a curved line in older texts) is, generally speaking, an object similar to a line but that need not be straight. Thus, a curve is a generalization of a line, in that curvature is not necessarily zero.
Various disciplines within mathematics have given the term different meanings depending on the area of study, so the precise meaning depends on context. However, many of these meanings are special instances of the definition which follows. A curve is a topological space which is locally homeomorphic to a line. In everyday language, this means that a curve is a set of points which, near each of its points, looks like a line, up to a deformation. A simple example of a curve is the parabola, shown to the right. A large number of other curves have been studied in multiple mathematical fields.
A closed curve is a curve that forms a path whose starting point is also its ending point—that is, a path from any of its points to the same point.
Closely related meanings include the graph of a function (as in Phillips curve) and a two-dimensional graph.
A curve is a geometrical object in mathematics.
Curve(s) may also refer to:
Curve is the second studio album by Canadian country music group Doc Walker. The album was nominated for Country Recording of the Year at the 2003 Juno Awards.
Curve is a theatre in Leicester, England, based in the Cultural quarter in Leicester City Centre. Before being named Curve, it was referred to as Leicester Performing Arts Centre. It is adjacent to the Leicester Athena conference and banqueting centre.
Curve is a 2015 American horror thriller film directed by Iain Softley. It stars Julianne Hough and Teddy Sears. It was produced by Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions banner. The film had its world premiere at the Film4 Fright Fest on August 31, 2015. The film was released on January 19, 2016, through video on demand prior to be releasing on home media formats on February 2, 2016, by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Curve were an English alternative rock and electronica duo from London, formed in 1990 and split in 2005. The band consisted of Toni Halliday (vocals, occasionally guitar) and Dean Garcia (bass, guitar, drums, programming). Halliday wrote also the lyrics of their songs and they both contributed to songwriting. An important collaborator was the producer Alan Moulder, who helped them to shape their blend of heavy beats and densely layered guitar tracks set against Halliday's vocals.
Curve released five studio albums ( Doppelgänger in 1992, Cuckoo in 1993, Come Clean in 1998, Gift in 2001, and The New Adventures of Curve in 2002), five compilation albums ( Pubic Fruit in 1992, Radio Sessions in 1993, Open Day at the Hate Fest in 2001, The Way of Curve in 2004, and Rare and Unreleased in 2010), and a string of EPs and singles.
In image editing, a curve is a remapping of image tonality, specified as a function from input level to output level, used as a way to emphasize colours or other elements in a picture.
Curves can usually be applied to all channels together in an image, or to each channel individually.
Applying a curve to all channels typically changes the brightness in part of the spectrum. The software user may for example make light parts of a picture lighter and dark parts darker to increase contrast.
Applying a curve to individual channels can be used to stress a colour. This is particularly efficient in the Lab colour space due to the separation of luminance and chromaticity, but it can also be used in RGB, CMYK or whatever other colour models the software supports.
Curve is a magazine about industrial design and product design. Published quarterly since 2002, it features interviews and profiles with designers, product developers and manufacturers, as well as coverage of new materials, technologies and trends in industrial design.
Curve is available by subscription only. As well as an interactive app edition, there is a complete set of online archives at the magazine's website, accessible only to subscribers.
The website also features a blog covering industrial design news.
Curve is a member of the International Design Media Network (IDMN) established by the International Design Alliance (IDA), an alliance of global design associations for industrial design ( Icsid), communication design ( Icograda) and interior design ( IFI).
Since 2009, Curve has been a media partner of the Red Dot design award.
Curve is the eighth and most recent studio album by Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace (OLP), released on April 3, 2012. The album was recorded from 2010 through 2012 at vocalist Raine Maida's home recording studio. Curve's first single, " Heavyweight", was released on December 20, 2011. The music from Curve has been touted by lead singer Maida as being "more experimental and ambitious" than the band's 2000 concept album Spiritual Machines. The album's cover features Canadian heavyweight boxer George Chuvalo, whose vocal excerpts are featured in the album's tenth and final track "Mettle".
The album debuted at No.9 on the Canadian Albums Chart. This is the last album to feature drummer Jeremy Taggart, who left the band in June 2014.
Usage examples of "curve".
The curve as a whole becomes, first slightly convex to the abscissa, then straight and ascending, and lastly concave.
In this cause-and-effect curve, the first part is slightly convex to the abscissa, the second straight and ascending, and the third concave.
By the end of the day, the sand is crisscrossed with a mesh of ordinates, abscissas, curves to account for everything in nature.
I found that with each mixture there was a time of exposure which would produce the deepest blue, that with over-exposure the blue gradually turned gray, and that if a curve should be plotted, the abscissas of which should represent the time of exposure, and the ordinates of which should represent the intensity of the blue the curves drawn would have approximately an elliptical form, so that if one knew the exact time of exposure which would give the best result with any mixture, one might deviate two or three minutes either way from that time without producing a noticeable result.
No larger than I, she was like a fragile doll on whose neck had been set, most incongruously, the large head of Cyrus, the curve to whose Achaemenid nose so resembled that of a rooster I had got to know in our courtyard that I almost expected to see nostrils like slits set atop the bridge.
Then it was executives, whose gold watch chains, adangle with tiny email-boxes, phones, torches, snuffboxes, and other fetishes, curved round the dark waistcoats they wore to deemphasize their bellies.
It swooped and curved, arcing over the tops of the buildings and careering in spirals, a dimly glimpsed display of virtuoso aerobatics, a shadowy circus.
Sea and sky chased one another across the curve of his canopy, and then he cut in his afterburner and the kick slammed his seat into his back with pile driver force.
All three were curved scimitars made by the annourers of Shah Jahan at Agra on the Indian continent.
The butler tried hurling his tray at her, from clear across the pool, but the metal disk sailed in an airfoil curve and only smashed a window.
She had a dynamite body, tall and leggy, her oil-glistened curves all but spilling out of the bright pink bikini she was wearing.
He was dimly aware that to all eyes but his, she appeared a radiant bride, her lips curving in a smile of joyful happiness beneath her veil.
Francesca, superb in a gown of sea-green silk, drew all eyes, not just because of her lush curves but more so because of the radiant happiness glowing in her eyes, coloring her voice, implicit in her every gesture.
When, as in the above cases, radicles encountered an obstacle at right angles to their course, the terminal growing part became curved for a length of between .
His hands cupped it, clenching on the rounded curves as an animalistic growl rumbled in his chest.