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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Oval Office
▪ Her face was round and jolly.
the Oval Office
▪ Famie was jigged by the ovals and squares: the modern look of it all.
▪ Fold ends up and over crab mixture, forming an oval.
▪ In section each mullion is an asymmetric oval, tapering at one end.
▪ No one could have asked for a better final lap over the 1. 527-mile oval at Homestead, Fla.
▪ Notice that the lower oval is smaller than the top one because it is intended to fit inside.
▪ On her right wrist, just above her glove, a white oval of skin was exposed to the air.
▪ Those composites filled in two of those ovals.
▪ When he tried, all he saw in his mind was a blurred grey oval.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Oval \O"val\, a. [F. ovale, fr. L. ovum egg. Cf. Egg, Ovum.]

  1. Of or pertaining to eggs; done in the egg, or inception; as, oval conceptions. [Obs.]

  2. 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.

  3. (Bot.) Broadly elliptical.

    Oval chuck (Mech.), a lathe chuck so constructed that work attached to it, and cut by the turning tool in the usual manner, becomes of an oval form.


Oval \O"val\, n. A body or figure in the shape of an egg, or popularly, of an ellipse.

Cassinian oval (Geom.), the locus of a point the product of whose distances from two fixed points is constant; -- so called from Cassini, who first investigated the curve. Thus, in the diagram, if P moves so that P A.P B is constant, the point P describes a Cassinian oval. The locus may consist of a single closed line, as shown by the dotted line, or of two equal ovals about the points A and B.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.)).\n\n


a. 1 Having the shape of an oval. 2 Of or pertaining to an ovum. n. 1 A shape rather like an egg or an ellipse. 2 A sporting arena etc. of this shape.


n. a closed plane curve resulting from the intersection of a circular cone and a plane cutting completely through it; "the sums of the distances from the foci to any point on an ellipse is constant" [syn: ellipse]


adj. rounded like an egg [syn: egg-shaped, elliptic, elliptical, ovate, oviform, ovoid, prolate]

Oval (disambiguation)

An oval is a curve resembling an egg or an ellipse.

Oval may also refer to:

  • Oval (projective plane)
  • Oval (musical project), German electronic music
  • Adelaide Oval, a cricket ground
  • Australian rules football playing field
  • Cassini oval
  • Cricket oval
  • Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval, a multi-use ice facility
  • Kensington Oval, a cricket ground in Barbados
  • Oval track
  • Olympic Oval, a speed skating rink in Calgary, Alberta
  • Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language
  • Perth Oval
  • Speed skating rink
  • The Oval (Belfast), a football ground in Northern Ireland
  • The Oval (Eastbourne), a football ground in England
  • The Oval (Wednesbury), a former football ground in England
  • The Oval (cricket ground), a cricket ground in London
    • Oval tube station, situated near the Oval cricket ground
  • The Oval (Ohio State University), a large green area in the center of the university
  • Oval Office, the official office of the President of the United States
  • Oval Park, Visalia, California, a neighborhood
  • The Oval (Prestwick), a public park and sports facility in Scotland
  • University Oval, Dunedin a cricket ground in New Zealand
Oval (musical project)

Oval is an electronic music group founded in Germany in 1991 by Markus Popp, Sebastian Oschatz and Frank Metzger. The group is regarded as pioneering glitch music, writing on CDs to damage them and produce music with the resulting fragments.


An oval (from Latin ovum, "egg") is a closed curve in a plane which "loosely" resembles the outline of an egg. The term is not very specific, but in some areas ( projective geometry, technical drawing, etc.) it is given a more precise definition, which may include either one or two axes of symmetry. In common English, the term is used in a broader sense: any shape which reminds one of an egg. The 3-dimensional version of an oval is called an ovoid.

Oval (projective plane)

In projective geometry an oval is a circle-like pointset (curve) in a plane that is defined by incidence propertes. The standard examples are the nondegenerate conics. However, a conic is only defined in a pappian plane, whereas an oval may exist in any type of projective plane. In the literature, there are many criteria which imply that an oval is a conic, but there are many examples, both infinite and finite, of ovals in pappian planes which are not conics.

As mentioned, in projective geometry an oval is defined by incidence properties, but in other areas, ovals may be defined to satisfy other criteria, for instance, in differential geometry by differentiability conditions in the real plane.

The higher dimensional analog of an oval is an ovoid in a projective space.

A generalization of the oval concept is an abstract oval, which is a structure that is not necessarily embedded in a projective plane. Indeed, there exist abstract ovals which can not lie in any projective plane.

Usage examples of "oval".

The little masses of aggregated matter are of the most diversified shapes, often spherical or oval, sometimes much elongated, or quite irregular with thread or necklacelike or clubformed projections.

Verduin instinctively glanced through the small oval porthole on his left to make sure that Akers was standing there.

The survey of the Egyptian officers shows an oval extending from north-west to south-east, with four baylets or bulges in the northern shore.

All links between the Bianco crime family and the Oval Office had now been cut.

It was a biplane, a wood-framed oval fuselage covered in doped fabric, with similar wings joined by wires and struts.

After the canister was dropped, it would open in midair and the bomblets would disperse into an oval pattern.

It had a long oval shape, sharp edges, was roughly flattened on the outside with a smooth inner bulbar face, and was slightly thicker at the end that was struck, diminishing to a thin section at the other.

The upper part of the cochlea, which leads from the stapes and the oval window, consists of two tubes, the vestibular canal and the cochlear canal, separated by a very thin membrane.

The sound waves entering the cochlea by way of the oval window travel through the fluid above the basilar membrane.

It is a black-brown liquor, secreted by a small gland into an oval pouch, and through a connecting duct is ejected at will by the cuttle fish which inhabits the seas of Europe, especially the Mediterranean.

Gesturing at the stage, she nodded, and Fayne caught a glimpse of the pale oval of her face and shadowed eyes.

They were round or oval, frames of wicker and shaped wood covered in hide and painted in gaudy shapes, the swastika-like fylfot, or animals.

Myriad white beeswax candles in branched candelabra reflected in fanciful epergnes of crystal or silvered basketwork, golden salvers lifted on pedestals and filled with sweetmeats or condiments, sets of silver spice-casters elaborately gadrooned, their fretted lids decorated with intricately pierced patterns, crystal cruets of herbal vinegars and oils, porcelain mustard pots with a blue underglaze motif of starfish, oval dish-supports with heating-lamps underneath, mirrored plateaux and low clusters of realistic flowers and leaves made from silk.

Convinced that foreign interests were financing the antiwar movement, on June 5, 1970, he met in the Oval Office with Vice Admiral Noel Gayler, who was then the director of NSA, and the chiefs of the CIA, DIA, and FBI.

Far above them, the mouth of the tunnel was a blue-white oval, like some eerie, gibbous moon, and as they watched, its light faded, faded, and was gone.