Definition of ovoid in English:

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ovoid

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvɔɪd/

adjective

1(Of a solid or a three-dimensional surface) more or less egg-shaped.
Example sentences
  • Three flowerpots rest on an ovoid surface, perhaps a ceramic tray or table top whose legs have vanished.
  • Flickers of reds, yellows and orange emerge from the depths, and the strange ovoid canvases reflect the surface while hovering over it.
  • Their abdomens are variable in shape being triangular, round to ovoid to elongate, sometimes extending tail-like past the spinnerets.
1.1(Of a plane figure) oval, especially with one end more pointed than the other.

noun

An ovoid body or surface.
Example sentences
  • And the ovoids, too small to hold the molecules needed to carry out the chemical reactions of life, are just chance deposits with interesting shapes.
  • Passing Bell is an eerie composition of fossil-gray verticals supporting gray, red and purple ovoids, punctuated with shocks of orange.
  • The most emotionally moving and evocative rooms contain the ovoids - egg or face shaped sculptures which are quite overwhelming in their minimalist perfection.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French ovoïde, from modern Latin ovoides, from Latin ovum 'egg'.

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