Definition of oval in English:

oval

Syllabification: o·val
Pronunciation: /ˈōvəl
 
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adjective

Having a rounded and slightly elongated outline or shape, like that of an egg: her smooth oval face the game with the oval ball
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  • It has oval leaves with a slightly serrated edge.
  • Men's models have slightly oval forms with double bridges, slim metal temples and steel fronts.
  • Its convex, roughened dorsal surface has a mediolateral elongated oval outline.
Synonyms

noun

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1A body, object, or design with an oval shape or outline: cut out two small ovals from the felt
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  • Cross-sections are in the shape of circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, equilateral triangles or regular polygons.
  • The photographs will be imprinted on the pendants which can be made in four shapes - heart, oval, circle and hexagon.
  • As oil became the dominant medium, so the size of the palette increased, varying from batlike shapes to rectangles and ovals, often varying in thickness from tip to handle to improve the balance.
1.1An oval playing field or racing track.
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  • I just felt that racing full time on ovals wasn't something that I wanted to do.
  • In Champ cars we race on road courses, street tracks and ovals and the guy that can cope best on all types of track will take the title.
  • Wainman, who was the 1979 World Champion, took part in the event last year, which will give him an advantage on the tight indoor racing oval.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, or modern Latin ovalis, from Latin ovum 'egg'.

Derivatives

ovality

Pronunciation: /ōˈvalitē/
noun
More example sentences
  • This provides measurements of both average outside diameter and ovality with a resolution of 1 m.

ovalness

noun
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  • In this study, three groups of people with different degrees of myopia were assessed for optic disc ovalness, refractive error and axial length.

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