• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ovate rounded like an egg
    • adj ovate of a leaf shape; egg-shaped with the broader end at the base
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ovate (Bot) Having the shape of an egg, or of the longitudinal section of an egg, with the broader end basal.
    • Ovate Shaped like an egg, with the lower extremity broadest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ovate Egg-shaped. Having a figure like the longitudinal section of a hen's egg; oval, but broader at one end than at the other: applied in botany particularly to leaves.
    • n ovate See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ovate ō′vāt an Eisteddfodic graduate who is neither a bard nor a druid.
    • adj Ovate ō′vāt egg-shaped.
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  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.”
  • Plutarch
    “They named it Ovation from the Latin ovis [A Sheep].”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ovatus, from ovum, egg. See Oval


In literature:

The return of the expedition to El Paso was celebrated by a triumphant ovation.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
When he returned to England, an ovation met him such as never before had been given to a sailorman.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
We gave him a three-minute rising ovation.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
And when General Lafayette, who had helped us fight our battles, came over in 1824, he had a magnificent ovation as he sailed up the bay.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
From start to finish Harriet received a continuous ovation.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The School gave them a great ovation.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
Passing through France, he was detained for over two months by the ovations forced upon him.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
His journey was like a regal progress; his reception in the capital was an overwhelming ovation.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
And when it was discovered that five Yankees had been captured the cavalrymen received an ovation.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The next evening at prayer-meeting Cromwell Biron received quite an ovation from old friends and neighbors.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Our captivity had deeply touched the hearts of the people, and every day the number of visitors almost amounted to an ovation.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Frank Merriwell received an ovation from the crowd as he stepped out with a bat in his hand.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Her return from Siberia with the other political exiles was like a triumphal ovation.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
On reaching the city the senate proved bold enough to vote him an ovation instead of the triumph on which he had set his mind.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
At the end of the short act, the applause became almost riotous, and if Margaret had appeared before the curtain she would have had an ovation.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
There was then a perceptible pause in the ovation as Brodrick's secretary appeared.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
A large crowd was in attendance and the veteran orator received an ovation.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
On the first anniversary of the Bastille he received an ovation.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The President of the Local Government Board received a tremendous ovation.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
It was on that night that the Lady Barbara received an ovation at Lord Grimsby's rout as the belle of London town.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various

In poetry:

O life why so imperfect?
And life cried in elation,
Don't fault my God nor me correct,
But man and his ovation.
"Man's Imperfections" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Bounteous spirit! thou hast won
Just decreed ovation;
Thine the page to admit and own
Worth in humblest station.
"A Parody On "The Wayside Well"" by Janet Hamilton
But suddenly He pales. From starry seas
A smothered cry mounts to the upper skies;
It rises, swells, grows strong; prevailing o'er
All the ovation of the joyful spheres.
"The Legend Of The Earth" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The king's beard on which sauces and ovations
fell until it became heavy as an axe
appears suddenly in a dream to a man condemned to die
and on a candlestick of flesh shines alone in the dark.
"A Description Of The King" by Zbigniew Herbert
When first thy bright pennant was lifted on high,
When first 'twas unfolded to patriot's eye;
The ovation that greeted thee, rose through the air
Like incense from altars of hearts true and dear.
"Stars And Stripes" by Mary Weston Fordham

In news:

Charlie Sheen Receives Standing Ovation in Chicago.
Clearaudio Ovation & Clarify turntable & tonearm.
Ovation 's Arts Ed Toolkit.
Arts Grade Level: 9-12 Source: Ovation TV.
Ovation TV's Arts Ed Toolkit features free resources for educators.
Ovation Rewards Adds Swissotel Gift Cards.
Joining Fairmont and Raffles, Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts gift cards are now available for purchase from Ovation Rewards.
Ovation Building Programming Around Destination Nights.
L.A.'s welcome for Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota on Friday included hecklers and a standing ovation .
Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer to Receive the Olivia Ovation Award.
Michael Becker / FOX Pia Toscano received the season's first standing ovation after her performance of "I'll Stand by You".
Before the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra played a single note on April 27 at the West Genesee High School Auditorium, the entire audience, filling most of the 1,050 seats, gave a standing ovation.
Arts Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12 Source: OVATION TV.
This video clip from an OVATION original documentary chronicles his life and works.
While price-fixing is not included in Ovation's current one-year contract with Balloon Fiesta, Dinelli said it is a real concern and possibility.