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6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Adiabatic \Ad'i*a*bat"ic\, adjective [Gr. 'adia'batos not passable; 'a priv. + dia' through + bai'nein to go.] (Physics) Not giving out or receiving heat. -- {Ad'i*a*bat'ic*al*ly}, adverb [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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. [PJC.]

{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. --Rankine.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Curve \Curve\ (k[^u]rv), adjective [L. curvus bent, curved. See {Cirb}.] Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Curve \Curve\, noun [See {Curve}, adjective, {Cirb}.]

1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal.

2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line.

{Axis of a curve}. See under {Axis}.

{Curve of quickest descent}. See {Brachystochrone}.

{Curve tracing} (Math.), the process of determining the shape, location, singular points, and other peculiarities of a curve from its equation.

{Plane curve} (Geom.), a curve such that when a plane passes through three points of the curve, it passes through all the other points of the curve. Any other curve is called a {curve of double curvature}, or a {twisted curve}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Curve \Curve\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Curved} (k[^u]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curving}.] [L. curvare., fr. curvus. See {Curve}, adjective, {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 ball in pitching it.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Curve \Curve\, verb (used without an object) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

curve

noun

1: the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes [syn: {curve}, {curved shape}] [ant: {straight line}]

2: a line on a graph representing data

3: a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter [syn: {curve}, {curve ball}, {breaking ball}, {bender}]

4: the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface [syn: {curvature}, {curve}]

5: curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) [syn: {bend}, {curve}]

verb

1: turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right" [syn: {swerve}, {sheer}, {curve}, {trend}, {veer}, {slue}, {slew}, {cut}]

2: extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest" [syn: {wind}, {twist}, {curve}]

3: form an arch or curve; "her back arches"; "her hips curve nicely" [syn: {arch}, {curve}, {arc}]

4: bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply" [syn: {crook}, {curve}]

5: form a curl, curve, or kink; "the cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling" [syn: {curl}, {curve}, {kink}]

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