oval

noun
\ ˈō-vəl How to pronounce oval (audio) \

Definition of oval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an oval figure or object
2 : a racetrack in the shape of an oval or a rectangle having rounded corners

oval

adjective

Definition of oval (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the shape of an egg also : broadly elliptical

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Other Words from oval

Adjective

ovality \ ō-​ˈva-​lə-​tē How to pronounce oval (audio) \ noun
ovally \ ˈō-​və-​lē How to pronounce oval (audio) \ adverb
ovalness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of oval in a Sentence

Noun The racetrack is an oval. Adjective the Oval Office in the White House
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The schedule is set with legendary road and street courses and a daring oval, which have become trademarks to winning the series championship and the Astor Cup. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 22 June 2021 The Round of 8 will conclude on Martinsville Speedway’s paperclip-shaped, half-mile oval on Nov. 1. John Sturbin, Dallas News, 25 Oct. 2020 But the Bommarito 500, the series' final oval in 2021, provided plenty of highs for those who fought valiantly through the carnage. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Aug. 2021 After back-to-back road races, the Cup circuit returns to an oval next Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Michael Marot, ajc, 16 Aug. 2021 This weekend also marks the first time the Cup Series will tackle the IMS road course, following 27 consecutive years of racing the Brickyard 400 on the famed oval. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2021 Shape the first piece of dough into an oval nearly as wide as your pasta roller (cover the remaining dough pieces with a towel to keep from drying out). Time, 12 Aug. 2021 The 21-year-old from New Jersey won the 400-meter hurdles title Wednesday, finishing in 51.46 seconds in yet another history-making day on the speedy Olympic oval. Eddie Pells, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2021 The 21-year-old from East Orange, N.J., won the 400-meter hurdles title Wednesday, finishing in 51.46 seconds in yet another historic day on the Olympic oval in Tokyo. San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective LaJoie has one top-10 finish this season and is 29th in the Cup Series standings … IndyCar will return next season to Iowa Speedway, a short oval track beloved by fans and drivers that had fallen off the schedule after 14 years. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 For context, an ellipse is just a circle that has been stretched in one direction to give it an oval shape. Sarah Wells, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2021 In 1994, Clive Roberts, in his capacity as lead development engineer, took a prototype to the 7.7-mile Fort Stockton, Texas, tire-test oval track. Gary Witzenburg, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021 Stafford, a half-mile, paved oval track, converted from horse to auto racing just after World War II, will present a challenge those running the course for the first time. Dom Amore, courant.com, 11 June 2021 McLaughlin, the three-time/reigning Australian V8 Supercars Champion, started 15th but reeled Dixon in over the race’s final stint to cap his first career oval-track start. John Sturbin, Dallas News, 2 May 2021 Runner Pro headphones have an oval compartment on both sides where the battery and electronics and control buttons are located. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 In the dining room, an oval island of travertine marble, anchored to the floor on one side, appears to be suspended over water. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2021 Grosjean had back-to-back top-seven finishes at Road America and Mid-Ohio before undertaking an oval test in July. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of oval

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oval

Adjective

Medieval Latin ovalis, from Late Latin, of an egg, from Latin ovum

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12 Sep 2021

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“Oval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oval. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for oval

oval

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that has the shape of an egg

oval

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of oval (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the shape of an egg : shaped like a circle that is longer than it is wide

oval

noun
\ ˈō-vəl How to pronounce oval (audio) \

Kids Definition of oval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something having the shape of an egg or ellipse The racetrack is an oval.

oval

adjective

Kids Definition of oval (Entry 2 of 2)

: having the shape of an egg or ellipse : elliptical

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