from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling an egg in shape.
- adj. Resembling an ellipse in shape; elliptical.
- n. An egg-shaped or elliptical form or figure.
- n. An elliptical track, as for racing or athletic events.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shape rather like an egg or an ellipse.
- n. A sporting arena etc. of this shape.
- adj. Having the shape of an oval.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an ovum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to eggs; done in the egg, or inception.
- adj. Having the figure of an egg; oblong and curvilinear, with one end broader than the other, or with both ends of about the same breadth; in popular usage, elliptical.
- adj. Broadly elliptical.
- n. A body or figure in the shape of an egg, or popularly, of an ellipse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to an egg.
- Having the shape of or resembling the longitudinal section of an egg; hence, elliptical.
- In zoology and botany, broadly elliptical, or elliptical with the breadth considerably more than half the length.
- n. A figure in the general shape of the lengthwise outline of an egg, or resembling the longitudinal section of an egg.
- n. Something which has such a shape, as a plot of ground, or an open place in a city: as, Berkeley oval; “The Oval” at Kensington, London.
- n. Specifically, same as cartouche, 4.
- n. See the adjectives.
- Of, pertaining to, or used in an ovation: as, triumphal, oval, and civil crowns.
- n. Specifically, in athletics, an elliptical field, or one on which an elliptical track is laid out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a closed plane curve resulting from the intersection of a circular cone and a plane cutting completely through it
- adj. rounded like an egg
You are banned for life because of your indecent activities in oval office.
The windows were custom built in oval shapes; the doors were of inlaid panels with rounded corners that meant all the doorjambs and casings had to be hand carved.
Only legacy he can give at this time is to clear the table in oval office for Obama and get out of the way. —
The third baker, if I recall correctly, then rolled the rumpled cylinder flat into a large, thin oval, but using granulated sugar as the rolling medium.
Hot chocolate is served at his restaurants in oval-shaped cups tapered at one end called "hug mugs" that are cradled in hands.
To allow a wide hook gap, the top of the oval is flattened, while the rounded bottom acts as a keel to hold the jig upright.
“The empty front lawn requiring mowing, watering and weeding previously on this location has been removed,” reads a placard set amid veggies in oval planting beds fronting the street.
Today, the Ford oval is a familiar sight in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and the makeup of Ford's worldwide management team represents a rich diversity of nationalities and cultures.
A certain oval basket with a vaulted cover, of which specimens are preserved in the British Museum, seems still to be the pattern most in demand at Assûan.
An oval is made by tracing two circles, the circumscribing line of one of which just touches the centre of the other; short lines are afterwards made at the top and bottom, and the central lines are obliterated.
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