oval

Definitions

  • Oval Palette
    Oval Palette
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj oval rounded like an egg
    • n oval 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A follicle that is more oval in shape will produce curlier hair, which, when viewed under a microscope, is more "flat" in appearance than a straight hair, which is "round".
    • n Oval A body or figure in the shape of an egg, or popularly, of an ellipse.
    • Oval (Bot) Broadly elliptical.
    • Oval 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.
    • Oval Of or pertaining to eggs; done in the egg, or inception; as, oval conceptions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oval Of or pertaining to an egg.
    • oval Having the shape of or resembling the longitudinal section of an egg; hence, elliptical.
    • oval In zoology and botany, broadly elliptical, or elliptical with the breadth considerably more than half the length. Oval notes a shape or figure resembling a compressed circle (or ellipse), equally rounded at both ends; ovate notes the true egg shape, which is smaller at one end than at the other. See egg-shaped.
    • n oval A figure in the general shape of the lengthwise outline of an egg, or resembling the longitudinal section of an egg. A closed curve everywhere convex, without nodes, and more pointed at one end than at the other.
    • n oval 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 oval Specifically, same as cartouche, 4.
    • n oval See the adjectives.
    • oval Of, pertaining to, or used in an ovation: as, triumphal, oval, and civil crowns.
    • n oval Specifically, in athletics, an elliptical field, or one on which an elliptical track is laid out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Oval ō′val having the shape of an egg
    • n Oval anything oval, a plot of ground, &c.: an ellipse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ovale, fr. L. ovum, egg. Cf. Egg Ovum

Usage

In literature:

The moonlight outside showed the patio window as a dimly illumined oval.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
From the shadowed oval near me they came running.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
The side of the deer is marked with a large oval, and over the heart is a smaller one.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The oval window and door of the chart-room were blue-yellow from the tube-lights inside.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The castle plan is an irregular oval, with one side overlooking the strait.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
With my thoughts roving, we had been standing quietly at the cubby door-oval for perhaps fifteen minutes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
They appear as large elements with oval, feebly staining nucleus.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
It was oval and quite irresistibly pretty.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Underneath was a large oval of bare ground.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The windows and doorways were ovals into which we could only have inserted a head or an arm.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The most commonly used for Bucktail Streamers is flat tinsel ribbed with oval tinsel or no ribbing at all.
"How to Tie Flies" by E. C. Gregg
The cavities in the right side of the heart are triangular in shape; those of the left, oval.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
It is oval, and has the same bands of ornament; round the body are reliefs.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The great oval bed in front of the house was at this season like a huge bouquet, all arranged in a beautiful pattern.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
An oval door swung back and the party passed through.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
This time it was Neil Durant's toe that sent the oval between the uprights and over the cross-bar.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
An oval frame of radiating lines surrounds his entire figure.
"Tuscan Sculpture of the Fifteenth Century" by Estelle M. Hurll
It was about three feet long with a small, oval-shaped head and two very large, many-faceted eyes.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
Then came a small photograph in an oval gold frame.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
The military cockade is of an oval shape, terminating in a fan.
"Manners and Rules of Good Society" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

And now you cool your feet,
Which have the look of apple flowers,
Under the water on the oval marble
Coloured like yellow roses.
"The Bath" by Edward Powys Mathers
Faultless is the robe that falleth
Round that form of matchless grace;
Faultless is the softened outline
Of the fair and oval face.
"Mona Lisa" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Since Christmas they have lived with us,
Guileless and clear,
Oval soul-animals,
Taking up half the space,
Moving and rubbing on the silk
"Balloons" by Sylvia Plath
Revolving in oval loops of solar speed,
Couched in cauls of clay as in holy robes,
Dead men render love and war no heed,
Lulled in the ample womb of the full-tilt globe.
"The Dead" by Sylvia Plath
Majestic turrets, and the stately dome
Which, ovaled by the slow but tireless hand
Of eons of disintegrating time,
Still with impressive aspect rears its brow
Defiant of mutation and decay.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King
The last leaves fell like notes from a piano
and left their ovals echoing in the ear;
with gawky music stands, the winter forest
looks like an empty orchestra, its lines
ruled on these scattered manuscripts of snow.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott

In news:

"There were no bystanders in the Oval Office," presidential press secretary Jay Carney said.
Denny Hamlin was so pleased with Bruton Smith's makeover of Bristol Motor Speedway, the Irwin Tools Night Race winner had a suggestion for another oval overhaul.
Remember the iconic photo of young John-John Kennedy peeking out from under his father's Oval Office desk.
The Oval Office and the Diamond.
Romney and Obama in the Oval Office after lunch.
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, November 29, 2012, in Washington, DC.
You decide about these New Zealand dogs learning to drive around an oval track.
Biden did that in the Oval Office.
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov 29, 2012.
President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office after their lunch Nov 29.
President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov 29, 2012.
Shape into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) oval patties.
President Barack Obama and governor Mitt Romney are not the only ones racing for the Oval office this fall.
The cone are woody, 5 to 12 inches long and a fat oval.
US President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office upon returning to the White House.
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In science:

Non-axisymmetric disturbances, such as bars or oval distortions, or peculiar velocities due to spiral structure, are in first instance ignored, and an azimuthally averaged rotation curve derived.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Observational overview
The left oval shape is a mass-losing companion star, while the dot at the right shows the position of a mass-accreting compact ob ject.
Gas flow in close binary star systems
They noticed that for any process with unknown distribution a number of wavelet peaks forming in the wavelet map different shapes (circles, ovals, patches, etc.) become difficult in interpretation.
Wavelet analysis: a new significance test for signals dominated by intrinsic red-noise variability
Once on site and in communication with the ground personnel, the P3B will execute oval flight patterns at preselected altitudes.
Summary Report of JEM-EUSO Workshop at KICP in Chicago
The other leg of the oval is 10 km distance from the balloon ground track and the laser will shoot across the telescope FOV.
Summary Report of JEM-EUSO Workshop at KICP in Chicago
We will study four different shapes of regions: L-shape, triangle, oval and Y -shape.
Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method
It shows that when the data is oval or triangle, the performance is among the best of these three methods, even when the signal strength is 0.21.
Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method
There is a slight dilution effect by showing oval shapes on the corners.
Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method
It shows that for the oval shape signal, even when the signal strength is low, the Spatial Scan algorithm provides excellent performance.
Spatial Multiresolution Cluster Detection Method
Figure 3: The limits on ∆κγ and λγ from the D0 experiment (the area inside the oval region is allowed region) .
Summary talk: Gauge Boson Self Interactions
For having elongated oval orbits we always expect that the conditions are close to have a 2/1 Lindblad resonance, because an oval is a 2/1 perturbation of a circle.
Stellar Dynamics and the 3D Structure of Bars
While B has an oval-like shape for v = −1, it becomes more round as v → 0− .
Exact Potts Model Partition Function for Strips of the Square Lattice
Here we exhibit a connection between the Lieb–Thirring conjecture for γ = 1 and an isporimetric inequality for ovals in the plane.
Connection between the Lieb--Thirring conjecture for Schroedinger operators and an isoperimetric problem for ovals on the plane
We give the full argument in the sequel, because it is important in our later derivation of the connection between the Lieb–Thirring conjecture and an isoperimetric inequality for ovals in R2 .
Connection between the Lieb--Thirring conjecture for Schroedinger operators and an isoperimetric problem for ovals on the plane
Here we will show that (3.4) is equivalent to an (open) isoperimetric inequality for ovals on the plane.
Connection between the Lieb--Thirring conjecture for Schroedinger operators and an isoperimetric problem for ovals on the plane
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