# Curve vs. Contour

## Difference Between Curve and Contour

(obsolete) Bent without angles; crooked; curved.

a curve linea curve surface

#### Contournoun

An outline, boundary or border, usually of curved shape.

the low drag contour of a modern automobile

#### Curvenoun

A gentle bend, such as in a road.

You should slow down when approaching a curve.

#### Contournoun

A line on a map or chart delineating those points which have the same altitude or other plotted quantity: a contour line or isopleth.

#### Curvenoun

A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.

She scribbled a curve on the paper.

#### Contournoun

(linguistics) a speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.

#### Curvenoun

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.

The teacher was nice and graded the test on a curve.

#### Contourverb

(transitive) To form a more or less curved boundary or border upon.

#### Curvenoun

(analytic geometry) A continuous map from a one-dimensional space to a multidimensional space.

#### Contourverb

(transitive) To mark with contour lines.

#### Curvenoun

(geometry) A one-dimensional figure of non-zero length; the graph of a continuous map from a one-dimensional space.

#### Contournoun

a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

#### Curvenoun

(algebraic geometry) An algebraic curve; a polynomial relation of the planar coordinates.

#### Contournoun

any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);

he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke

#### Curvenoun

(topology) A one-dimensional continuum.

#### Contournoun

a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure;

the contours of the melodyit defines a major contour of this administration

#### Curvenoun

The attractive shape of a woman's body.

#### Contourverb

form the contours of

#### Curveverb

(transitive) To bend; to crook.

to curve a lineto curve a pipe

#### Curveverb

(transitive) To cause to swerve from a straight course.

to curve a ball in pitching it

#### Curveverb

(intransitive) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.

the road curves to the right

#### Curveverb

To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).

The teacher will curve the test.

#### Curveverb

(slang) To reject, to turn down romantic advances

#### Curvenoun

the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

#### Curvenoun

a line on a graph representing data

#### Curvenoun

a baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter

#### Curvenoun

the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

#### Curveverb

turn sharply; change direction abruptly;

The car cut to the left at the intersectionThe motorbike veered to the right

#### Curveverb

extend in curves and turns;

The road winds around the lake

#### Curveverb

form an arch or curve;

her back archesher hips curve nicely

#### Curveverb

bend or cause to bend;

He crooked his index fingerthe road curved sharply

#### Curveverb

form a curl, curve, or kink;

the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling