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curve

noun [C]
 
 
/kɜːv/
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. a rising/upward curvea steep/smooth/sharp curve Climate change appears to demand we put our electricity usage on a steep downward curve.
ahead of the curve more advanced, or developing, understanding something, or reaching a point more quickly than other things or people: The ability to speak two languages puts you ahead of the curve in the job market.
behind the curve less advanced, or developing, understanding something, or reaching a point more slowly than other things or people: The latest price indices are well behind the curve and have not yet picked up dramatic changes in consumer confidence.
→  See also adoption curve , bell curve , demand curve , experience curve , growth curve , indifference curve , J-curve , learning curve , yield curve
Translations of “curve”
in Korean 곡선, 커브…
in Arabic مُنْحَنى, مُقَوَّس…
in French courbe, tournant…
in Turkish kavis, eğri, kıvrım…
in Italian curva…
in Chinese (Traditional) 曲線,弧線, 轉彎…
in Russian изгиб…
in Polish łuk, (linia) krzywa…
in Spanish curva…
in Portuguese curva…
in German die Kurve…
in Catalan corba…
in Japanese カーブ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 曲线,弧线, 转弯…
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