# Oval vs. Round

By Jaxson

• Oval

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 three-dimensional version of an oval is called an ovoid.

Wikipedia
• Oval (noun)

A shape rather like an egg or an ellipse.

• Oval (noun)

A sporting arena etc. of this shape.

• Oval (noun)

In a projective plane, a set of points, no three collinear, such that there is a unique tangent line at each point. (A tangent line is defined as a line meeting the point set at only one point, also known as a 1-secant.)

Having the shape of an oval.

Of or pertaining to an ovum.

“oval conceptions”

Shape.

Circular or cylindrical; having a circular cross-section in one direction.

“We sat at a round table to make conversation easier.”

Spherical; shaped like a ball; having a circular cross-section in more than one direction.

“The ancient Egyptian demonstrated that the Earth is round, not flat.”

Lacking sharp angles; having gentle curves.

“Our child’s bed has round corners for safety.”

Complete, whole, not lacking.

“The baker sold us a round dozen.”

Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.

“One hundred is a nice round number.”

Pronounced with the lips drawn together.

Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; not mincing.

“a round oath”

Finished; polished; not defective or abrupt; said of authors or their writing style.

Consistent; fair; just; applied to conduct.

Large in magnitude.

“a round sum”

Well-written and well-characterized; complex and reminiscent of a real person.

“flat”

• Round (noun)

A circular or spherical object or part of an object.

• Round (noun)

A circular or repetitious route.

“hospital rounds”

“The guards have started their rounds; the prisoner should be caught soon.”

• Round (noun)

A general outburst from a group of people at an event.

“The candidate got a round of applause after every sentence or two.”

• Round (noun)

A song that is sung by groups of people with each subset of people starting at a different time.

• Round (noun)

A serving of something; a portion of something to each person in a group.

“They brought us a round of drinks about every thirty minutes.”

• Round (noun)

A single individual portion or dose of medicine.

• Round (noun)

One sandwich (two full slices of bread with filling).

• Round (noun)

A long-bristled, circular-headed paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting.

• Round (noun)

A firearm cartridge, bullet, or any individual ammunition projectile. Originally referring to the spherical projectile ball of a smoothbore firearm. Compare round shot and solid shot.

• Round (noun)

One of the specified pre-determined segments of the total time of a sport event, such as a boxing or wrestling match, during which contestants compete before being signaled to stop.

• Round (noun)

A stage in a competition.

“qualifying rounds of the championship”

• Round (noun)

In some sports, e.g. golf or showjumping: one complete way around the course.

• Round (noun)

A stage or level of a game.

• Round (noun)

A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an outside edge, added for a finished appearance and to soften sharp edges.

• Round (noun)

A strip of material with a circular face that covers an edge, gap, or crevice for decorative, sanitary, or security purposes.

“All furniture in the nursery had rounds on the edges and in the crevices.”

• Round (noun)

The hindquarters of a bovine.

• Round (noun)

A rung, as of a ladder.

• Round (noun)

A crosspiece that joins and braces the legs of a chair.

• Round (noun)

A series of changes or events ending where it began; a series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a periodical revolution.

“the round of the seasons;”

“a round of pleasures”

• Round (noun)

A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle.

• Round (noun)

A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated.

• Round (noun)

A circular dance.

• Round (noun)

Rotation, as in office; succession.

• Round (noun)

A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.

• Round (noun)

An assembly; a group; a circle.

“a round of politicians”

• Round (noun)

A brewer’s vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.

• Round (noun)

A vessel filled, as for drinking.

• Round (noun)

A round-top.

• Round (noun)

A round of beef.

• Round (noun)

A whisper; whispering.

• Round (noun)

Discourse; song.

• Round (preposition)

alternative form of around

“I look round the room quickly to make sure it’s neat.”

alternative form of around

• Round (verb)

To shape something into a curve.

“The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.”

• Round (verb)

To become shaped into a curve.

• Round (verb)

To finish; to complete; to fill out.

“She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.”

• Round (verb)

To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.

“Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.”

• Round (verb)

To turn past a boundary.

“Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.”

• Round (verb)

To turn and attack someone or something (used with on).

“As a group of policemen went past him, one of them rounded on him, grabbing him by the arm.”

• Round (verb)

“And the runners round the bases on the double by Jones.”

• Round (verb)

To go round, pass, go past.

• Round (verb)

To encircle; to encompass.

“surround”

• Round (verb)

To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection.

• Round (verb)

To do ward rounds.

• Round (verb)

To go round, as a guard; to make the rounds.

• Round (verb)

To go or turn round; to wheel about.

• Round (verb)

To speak in a low tone; whisper; speak secretly; take counsel.

• Round (verb)

To address or speak to in a whisper, utter in a whisper.

Wiktionary

having a rounded and slightly elongated outline or shape like that of an egg

“her smooth oval face”

• Oval (noun)

a body, object, or design with an oval shape or outline

“cut out two small ovals from the felt”

• Oval (noun)

an oval sports field or racing track.

• Oval (noun)

a ground for Australian Rules football.

Oxford Dictionary