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- having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped.
- ellipsoidal or elliptical.
- an object of oval shape.
- a body or plane figure that is oval in shape or outline.
- an elliptical field or a field on which an elliptical track is laid out, as for athletic contests.
- Informal. a football.
Origin of oval
1560–70;Related formso·val·ly, adverbo·val·ness, nounhalf-o·val, adjective, nounpseu·do·o·val, adjectivepseu·do·o·val·ly, adverbsem·i·o·val, adjectivesem·i·o·val·ly, adverbsem·i·o·val·ness, noun
< New Latin ōvālis,
equivalent to Latin ōv(um
+ -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for half-oval
They consist of what are known as half-oval iron strips, and can be had usually at a hardware store or blacksmith shop.
It began—this half-oval—in high land among the trees and spread down over a beach to the waters of a tiny cove.
British Dictionary definitions for half-oval
- having the shape of an ellipse or ellipsoid
Derived Formsovally, adverbovalness or ovality (əʊˈvælɪtɪ), noun
- anything that is oval in shape, such as a sports ground
C16: from Medieval Latin ōvālis, from Latin ōvum egg
- the Oval a cricket ground in south London, in the borough of Lambeth
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Word Origin and History for half-oval
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.
1560s, from Middle French ovalle "oval figure," from Medieval Latin ovalis (see oval (adj.)).
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