french curve
noun Usage: often capitalized F Date: 1885 a curved piece of flat often plastic material used as a guide in drawing curves

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  • French curve — French′ (or french′) curve′ n. sur a flat drafting instrument, the edges of which are cut into several scroll like curves enabling lines of varying curvature to be drawn • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • French curve — n. a template for drawing curved lines …   English World dictionary

  • French curve — A French curve is a made out of plastic, metal or wood composed of many different curves. It is used in manual drafting to get a smooth curve of varying radii.The curve is placed on the drawing material, and a pencil, knife or other implement is… …   Wikipedia

  • french curve — noun Usage: often capitalized F : a curved piece of flat material (as wood, ebonite, celluloid) often in the form of a scroll and used as an aid in drawing noncircular curves * * * a flat drafting instrument, usually consisting of a sheet of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • French curve — a flat drafting instrument, usually consisting of a sheet of clear plastic, the edges of which are cut into several scroll like curves enabling a draftsperson to draw lines of varying curvature. Also, french curve. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • French curve —    Any of several flat drafting tools, shape template with curved edges and voluted cutouts, used to draw curves, especially in mechanical drawing. see thumbnail to rightEight popular designs, each between 6 and 12 inches long. French curves… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • French curve — /frɛntʃ ˈkɜv/ (say french kerv) noun a flat celluloid or wooden drawing instrument consisting of a number of different curves, used to guide the pen or pencil in drawing curves of varying radii …   Australian English dictionary

  • French curve — noun A drafting template having edges of various curvatures, used for drawing smoothly curved lines …   Wiktionary

  • curve — [kʉrv] adj. [L curvus, bent: see CROWN] Archaic curved n. 1. a line having no straight part; bend having no angular part 2. a thing or part having the shape of a curve 3. the act of curving, or the extent of this 4. [pl.] the pronounced curving… …   English World dictionary

  • French — bull (small breed of dog); French chalk (tailor’s talc); French curve (drafting instrument); French heel (high curved heel); French polish (alcohol + shellac); French pox (syphilis); French roll (women’s coiffure); French roof (mansard style);… …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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