French curve

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 inspired a series of works by Frank Stella (American, 1936-), in the early 1980s. See Minimalism, pattern, and stencil.

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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 — /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 …  

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