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oval

[oh-vuh l] /ˈoʊ vəl/
adjective
1.
having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped.
2.
ellipsoidal or elliptical.
noun
3.
an object of oval shape.
4.
a body or plane figure that is oval in shape or outline.
5.
an elliptical field or a field on which an elliptical track is laid out, as for athletic contests.
6.
Informal. a football.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Neo-Latin ōvālis, equivalent to Latin ōv(um) egg1 + -ālis -al1
Related forms
ovally, adverb
ovalness, noun
half-oval, adjective, noun
pseudooval, adjective
pseudoovally, adverb
semioval, adjective
semiovally, adverb
semiovalness, noun
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Examples for oval
  • The long oval table common to a boardroom lets small groups of people see and hear one another while sitting comfortably.
  • Scientists had debated whether stars in our inner galaxy clustered in a long bar, an oval, or a combination of the two shapes.
  • Ending its course by striking the hipbone obliquely, the bullet was bent out of shape, its base oval rather than round.
  • As lunchtime came and went, pastries disappeared from the middle of a long oval conference table.
  • Dropping a diamond into an oval is baseball's variation of the square peg-round hole conundrum.
  • On the first floor, an oval-shaped structure with translucent walls houses the ticket office and a concession stand.
  • The left-hand part of the figure appears as three shiny oval tubes.
  • Maps of the universe have been presented in oval form whereas it is actually circular with the observer dead center.
  • They're in a setting of an oriental harem, in a large oval room with divans and a lot of cushions around the walls.
  • The bear paw, an oval design, was short and wide and favored in forested areas.
British Dictionary definitions for oval

oval

/ˈəʊvəl/
adjective
1.
having the shape of an ellipse or ellipsoid
noun
2.
anything that is oval in shape, such as a sports ground
Derived Forms
ovally, adverb
ovalness, ovality (əʊˈvælɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin ōvālis, from Latin ōvum egg

Oval

/ˈəʊvəl/
noun
1.
the Oval, a cricket ground in south London, in the borough of Lambeth
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Word Origin and History for oval
oval
1570, from M.L. ovalis "egg-shaped" (cf. Fr. oval, 1546), lit. "of or pertaining to an egg," from L. ovum "egg," from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (see egg). The classical L. word was ovatus.
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