from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Statistics A distribution curve in which the frequencies are cumulative.
  • n. Statistics A frequency distribution.
  • n. Architecture A diagonal rib of a Gothic vault.
  • n. Architecture A pointed arch.

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  • n. The curve of a cumulative distribution function.
  • n. A Gothic pointed arch, or a rib of a Gothic vault.
  • n. The pointed, curved nose of a bullet, missile, or rocket.
  • n. A three-dimensional wave-bulge, characteristic of glaciers that have experienced extreme underlying topographic change.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The arch or rib which crosses a Gothic vault diagonally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ogival.
  • n. In architecture: A pointed arch; also, the diagonal rib of a vault of the type normal in the French architecture of the thirteenth century. See arc ogive, under arc.
  • n. A window of the Pointed style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. front consisting of the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload from heat during its passage through the atmosphere


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English ogif and French ogive, diagonal rib of a vault, both from Old French augive, probably from Vulgar Latin *obviātīva, from Late Latin obviāta, feminine past participle of obviāre, to resist; see obviate.

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From Middle French augive/ogive. Several origins have been speculated for the Middle French, including Spanish aljibe, Arabic ال (al, "the") جب (jubb, "jug"), and Latin obviāta.


  • I personally thought it should have been the concept chosen over Lockheed's double-ogive concept which was trouble just waiting to happen.

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  • Also, I failed to mention that I have tweaked my C.O.A.L. a bit, putting the ogive of my Sierra's closer to the rifling.

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  • Also, Most of the air flow across the rifling grooves is inconsequential since most of the bearing surface is in the boundary layer created behind the ogive.

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  • One with secant ogive and minimal meplat is best at extreme distances such as 1000 yards.

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  • The char patterns just aft of the nose cone on the fwd LO2 tank ogive are caused by aero-heating.

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  • Free bore is just that, it is the area ahead of the bullet ogive in a rifle barrel to which there is no rifling, once the cartridge is fired the bullet travels freely in the barrel until the bullets ogive contacts the rifling, hence free bore.

    In awe of the 257 Weatherby. From an average Joe.

  • All E.T. structures had posive margins during ascent, without foam, except for an area on the oxygen tank ogive.

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  • I was woolgathering industriously in my study: not the bleak corner of a windowless basement room, fenced off by cheap shelving, where I do most of my actual work, but the Platonic study in my mind, with the cherry-panelled walls and tall ogive windows, wingback chairs before the roaring fireplace, and fine old books in rank upon rank clear up to the fifteen-foot ceiling.

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  • The InterBond's lead core is bonded to a thick, tough jacket that bulges inward about where the ogive (see sidebar, right, for this and other terms) begins.

    David E.

  • Classic ogive, and if they know what they're doing followed up by further waves and products.

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  • Mankind’s fertile brain can contrive

    Many ways to apply the ogive,

    In weapons that will

    Only threaten and kill

    And temples to keep hope alive.

    February 10, 2019

  • "The library was beautiful, high-roofed, with soaring Gothic columns that joined in ogives in the multichambered roof."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 779

    "The high, vaulted ceiling over me was supported by ogives, those fourteenth-century architectural features in which four ribs rise from the tops of pillars, to join in double crossing arches."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 450

    January 1, 2010

  • Wow, ogives are so goth!

    December 17, 2009