Oval Shape
An oval shape is a 2D shape like an egg with no straight lines and vertices. It has one flat face which does not selfintersect at any point. In real life, cricket infield is in the oval shape, speed skating rink, or an athletics track are also in an oval shape.
1.  What is an Oval Shape? 
2.  Properties of an Oval Shape 
3.  Construction of an Oval Shape 
4.  Oval Shape Examples 
5.  Practice Questions 
6.  FAQs on Oval Shape 
What is an Oval Shape?
A 2D shape or 2D closed figure that looks like an egg is called an oval shape. The term "oval" is taken from the Latin word "ovum," which means egg, or in other words, an oval is a geometric shape and the outer line or the circumference of an oval shape is similar to an egg.
Properties of an Oval Shape
There is no defined shape for an oval in math, but it is easy to differentiate an oval from a given set of figures based on its properties.
 An oval shape is a smoothlooking closed shape and plane curve geometrical figure.
 An oval shape has no straight sides.
 It has no corners or vertices like squares or rectangles.
 It has one flat curved face.
 In some cases of an oval shape, a line of symmetry can be observed.
 There is no fixed distance from the center point to the circumference like a circle.
Construction of an Oval Shape
There are two ways to make an oval shape. The first is to simply draw using a rubber band and the second is to construct it with the help of a ruler and compass.
Construction of an Oval Shape Using Rubber Band
Follow the steps to draw an oval shape with the help of a rubber band (without using a compass).
 Step 1  Take 2 nails, a pencil, and a rubber band.
 Step 2  Place the tip of two nails on two opposite sides of the rubber band and attach it properly in a straight line on a piece of paper.
 Step 3  Use a pencil and draw an oval by stretching the rubber band.
Construction of an Oval Shape Using Compass
Follow the steps to draw an oval shape using a compass.
 Step 1 Using a compass, construct two circles of the same radius touching each other, as shown in the figure.
 Step 2 Join the diameter of both the circles from the center point by drawing a straight line.
 Step 3 Construct a perpendicular bisector of the line by expanding the legs of the compass up to the diameter of any one circle.
 Step 4 Expand the legs of the compass as equal to the addition of the distances of the diameter of one circle and radius of another circle, and draw lines keeping the tip of the compass on each of the bisector arc one by one.
Important Notes
 Both circle and oval are categories or types of the ellipse.
 Oval in a threedimensional plane is known as ovoid.
 All circles can be considered as ovals but all ovals are not circles.
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Oval Shape Examples

Example 1: Given below is the image of a mirror. What is the shape of the mirror? How many faces are there in the given image?
Solution: This mirror is oval in shape. There is only one face in the figure.

Example 2: A teacher placed certain items in front of her students and ask them to select ovalshaped items from the given list. Can you help them in selecting objects in an oval shape from the given items?
Solution: The shape of the clock Circle
The shape of basketball Circle
The shape of football Oval
The shape of floor mat Oval
The shape of table Rectangle
As we know that all circles can also be considered oval. So, the clock, basketball, football, and floormat are oval in shape.
FAQs on Oval Shape
Can an Oval Shape be Round?
Yes. An oval shape that approaches a circle will be considered round in shape. In practical usage, oval shape ranges from being close to a circle with no sharp corners. So an oval shape that approaches a circle shape in dimension will definitely be considered round.
Is Circle and Oval Shape are the same?
No. A circle can be considered as an oval, but an oval may not be a circle because it does not have a common distance from the center (radius). So, a circle is always oval but ovals are not circles.
Is Oval Shape is a 2D shape?
Yes, oval shape is a 2D Shape. A similar figure in 3D is known as an ovoid. 2D shapes are flat shapes. An oval shape has no vertex, but it actually has one curved side and flat face and the ends of the oval shape are meet to create a closed 2D shape.
Give RealLife Examples of an Oval Shape?
Reallife examples of an oval shape are some humanmade objects such as mirrors, spoons, dinner plates, bowls which are in an oval shape. Some jewelry is also made in the form of an oval shape.
How would you Describe an Oval Shape?
An oval shape is a plane curve that resembles the outline or the boundary of an egg with no straight line and no corners. The oval shape looks smooth, simple, with a flat curved face (not selfintersecting).
How would you Describe the ThreeDimensional Version of an Oval Shape?
The threedimensional version of an oval shape is known as an ovoid. We can say that a complete chicken egg is an ovoid whereas an oval shape is only the curved line formed like an egg on a twodimensional plane.
What are the Properties of an Oval Shape?
An oval shape has no straight sides and no corners or vertices, but it does have 1 flat curved face. In an oval shape, the distance is not fixed from the center point to the circumference.
How do you Draw an Oval Shape Without Using a Compass?
At first, draw a plus + sign and note that the vertical line should be longer than the horizontal line. After that, start making a curve from any point of the plus sign and complete the curve by touching all remaining 3 points of the plus sign. Note that the curve should be proper around the plus sign and there should be no corners and no straight line while making the curve. Now the oval shape is ready, erase the plus sign inside the oval shape.