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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; < New 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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British Dictionary definitions for semiovalness's

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 semiovalness's

oval

adj.

1570s, from Modern Latin ovalis "egg-shaped" (source of French oval, 1540s), literally "of or pertaining to an egg," from Latin ovum "egg" (see ovary). The classical Latin word was ovatus.

n.

1560s, from Middle French ovalle "oval figure," from Medieval Latin ovalis (see oval (adj.)).

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