- shaped like the longitudinal cross section of an egg; elliptical
- having the form of an egg; ellipsoid
Origin of ovalFrench ovale ; from Classical Latin ovum, egg
- Resembling an egg in shape.
- Resembling an ellipse in shape; elliptical.
- An egg-shaped or elliptical form or figure.
- An elliptical track, as for racing or athletic events.
Origin of ovalMedieval Latin &omacron;valis, from Latin &omacron;vum, egg; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
- Note: an ellipse is a precise mathematical shape, but an oval is not.
(comparative more oval, superlative most oval)
- Having the shape of an oval.
- Of or pertaining to an ovum.
- oval conceptions
The adjectives oval, ovate, and ovoid all come from roots meaning "egg-shaped". They are usually denotatively synonymous. A connotation of one end being bigger than the other (which is often true of eggs) may or may not be implied. Of the three, oval is the one mostly likely to connote a symmetrical ellipse.