CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Named for the French mathematician Pierre Bézier, a Bezier curve is a curved line defined by mathematical formulas. At least three points are required to define the curve: the two endpoints of the curve are called anchor points, while the other point or points, which define the actual curvature, are called handles (or sometimes tangent points, or nodes). Moving the handles lets you modify the shape of the curve. Most graphics-editing programs provide support for drawing Bezier curves.
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