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Adiabatic \Ad`i*a*bat"ic\, a. [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}, adv. [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.
        [1913 Webster]

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

Curve \Curve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curved} (k[^u]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curving}.] [L. curvare., fr. curvus. See {Curve}, a., {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. [1913 Webster]

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

Curve \Curve\ (k[^u]rv), a. [L. curvus bent, curved. See {Cirb}.] Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface. [1913 Webster]

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

Curve \Curve\, n. [See {Curve}, a., {Cirb}.]
     1. A bending without angles; that which is bent; a flexure; as, a curve in a railway or canal. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Geom.) A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line. [1913 Webster]

     {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}. [1913 Webster]

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

Curve \Curve\, v. i.
     To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right. [1913 Webster]

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

198 Moby Thesaurus words for "curve":
     aberrancy, aberration, arc, arch, artful dodge, artifice, bag of tricks, bear off, bend, bend back, bias, blind, bluff, bosey, bow, bowl, branch off, branching off, cast, catacaustic, catch, catenary, caustic, change of pace, change the bearing, change-up, chicanery, chouse, chuck, chunk, circle, circuit, circuitousness, circumference, coil, compass, conchoid, corner, crook, curl, curvation, curvature, curve-ball, declination, decurve, deflect, depart from, departure, design, detour, deviance, deviancy, deviate, deviation, device, deviousness, diacaustic, diffract, diffuse, digress, digression, dirty deal, dirty trick, discursion, disperse, distort, divagate, divagation, divaricate, divarication, diverge, divergence, diversion, divert, dodge, dogleg, dome, double, downcurve, drift, drifting, ellipse, embow, errantry, excursion, excursus, exorbitation, fast deal, fastball, feint, festoon, fetch, ficelle, flex, fling, flip, forward pass, gambit, gimmick, googly, hairpin, heave, heel, hocus-pocus, hook, hump, hunch, hurl, hyperbola, incurvate, incurvation, incurvature, incurve, indirection, inflect, inflection, joker, juggle, knuckleball, lateral, lateral pass, lituus, lob, loop, obliquity, outcurve, parabola, pass, peg, pererration, pitch, ploy, pull, put, rambling, recurve, reflect, reflex, refract, retroflex, rondure, round, ruse, sag, scatter, scheme, screwball, scurvy trick, serve, service, sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, shot-put, shy, sinker, sinus, skew, slant, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, slider, sling, spiral, spitball, spitter, stratagem, straying, subterfuge, swag, sweep, swerve, swerving, swinging, tack, throw, toss, tracery, trend, trick, turn, turn aside, turning, twist, upcurve, variation, vary, vault, veer, wandering, warp, wile, wind, yaw, zigzag


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