# Skewed vs. Curve — What's the Difference?

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#### Skewed

To turn or place at an angle
Skew the cutting edge of a plane.
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#### Curve

In mathematics, a curve (also called a curved line in older texts) is an object similar to a line, but that does not have to be straight. Intuitively, a curve may be thought of as the trace left by a moving point.
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#### Skewed

To give a bias to; distort
The use of a limited sample skewed the findings of the study.
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#### Curve

A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
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#### Skewed

To take an oblique course or direction.
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#### Curve

A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
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#### Skewed

To look obliquely or sideways.
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#### Curve

Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
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#### Skewed

To display a statistical tendency toward
A television program that skews toward teenagers.
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#### Curve

A relatively smooth bend in a road or other course.
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#### Skewed

Placed or turned to one side; asymmetric.
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#### Curve

A line representing data on a graph.
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#### Skewed

Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
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#### Curve

A trend derived from or as if from such a graph
"Once again, the politicians are behind the curve" (Ted Kennedy).
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#### Skewed

Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
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#### Curve

A graphic representation showing the relative performance of individuals as measured against each other, used especially as a method of grading students in which the assignment of grades is based on predetermined proportions of students.
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#### Skewed

(Mathematics) Neither parallel nor intersecting. Used of straight lines in space.
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#### Curve

The graph of a function on a coordinate plane.
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#### Skewed

(Statistics) Not symmetrical about the mean. Used of distributions.
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#### Curve

The intersection of two surfaces in three dimensions.
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#### Skewed

An oblique or slanting movement, position, or direction.
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#### Curve

The graph of the solutions to any equation of two variables.
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#### Skewed

Twisted at an angle.
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#### Curve

(Baseball) A curve ball.
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#### Skewed

Biased, distorted
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#### Curve

(Slang) Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive.
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#### Skewed

Simple past tense and past participle of skew
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#### Curve

To move in or take the shape of a curve
The path curves around the lake.
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#### Skewed

Having an oblique or slanting direction or position;
The picture was skew
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#### Curve

To cause to curve.
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#### Curve

(Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
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#### Curve

To grade (students, for example) on a curve.
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#### Curve

(obsolete) Bent without angles; crooked; curved. Category:en:Curves
A curve line
A curve surface
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#### Curve

A gentle bend, such as in a road.
You should slow down when approaching a curve.
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#### Curve

A simple figure containing no straight portions and no angles; a curved line.
She scribbled a curve on the paper.
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#### Curve

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.
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#### Curve

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

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

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

(topology) A one-dimensional continuum.
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#### Curve

The attractive shape of a woman's body.
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#### Curve

(transitive) To bend; to crook.
To curve a line
To curve a pipe
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#### Curve

(transitive) To cause to swerve from a straight course.
To curve a ball in pitching it
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#### Curve

(intransitive) To bend or turn gradually from a given direction.
The road curves to the right
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#### Curve

(transitive) To grade on a curve (bell curve of a normal distribution).
The teacher will curve the test.
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#### Curve

(transitive) (slang) To reject, to turn down romantic advances.
I was once curved three times by the same woman.
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#### Curve

Bent without angles; crooked; curved; as, a curve line; a curve surface.
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#### Curve

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

A line described according to some low, and having no finite portion of it a straight line.
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#### Curve

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.
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#### Curve

To bend or turn gradually from a given direction; as, the road curves to the right.
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#### Curve

The trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
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#### Curve

A line on a graph representing data
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#### Curve

A baseball thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter
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#### Curve

The property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
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#### Curve

Turn sharply; change direction abruptly;
The car cut to the left at the intersection
The motorbike veered to the right
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#### Curve

Extend in curves and turns;
The road winds around the lake
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#### Curve

Form an arch or curve;
Her back arches
Her hips curve nicely
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#### Curve

Bend or cause to bend;
He crooked his index finger
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#### Curve

Form a curl, curve, or kink;
The cigar smoke curled up at the ceiling
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