- 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
Examples from the Web for oval
Contemporary Examples of oval
He attended White House strategy sessions on Vietnam and Israel; a private phone line linked his court office to the Oval Office.Ruth Bader Ginsburg Levels With Us on Why She’s Not Retiring
September 25, 2014
His Oval Office radio addresses were famously labeled “Fireside Chats” and he called listening citizens “my friends.”FDR: King of All Media
September 2, 2014
Do Americans prefer a stressed out president — no fun, no sun, no life outside of the Oval Office or the Situation Room?Yes, Obama Was Right to Golf After Foley
Daniel G. Hill
August 30, 2014
These types of comments coming from the White House, from the Oval Office, it takes your breath away.Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image?
August 6, 2014
These terms still apply even when the other guy is in the Oval Office.The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop
July 28, 2014
Historical Examples of oval
Her oval cheeks were flushed, and her mouth now and then trembled.The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
An oval is never mistaken for a circle, nor an hyperbola for an ellipsis.
Fleming pulled a sheet of paper towards him, and drew on it an oval.A Woman Intervenes
A slender toque brought out the keenness in the oval of her face.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
It was only twenty feet away, but I could barely see its oval entrance.
- having the shape of an ellipse or ellipsoid
- anything that is oval in shape, such as a sports ground
Word Origin for oval
- the Oval a cricket ground in south London, in the borough of Lambeth
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.)).