# Oval vs. Circle: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 7, 2023

An "Oval" is an elongated, curved shape resembling an egg, while a "Circle" is a perfectly round shape with all points equidistant from the center.

## Key Differences

An "Oval", often seen in its resemblance to an egg, has no fixed definition in mathematics, which sets it apart from the precise definition of a "Circle". A circle is strictly defined by its radius.

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When observing an "Oval", you'll notice it doesn't maintain a consistent width throughout. In contrast, a "Circle" maintains the same diameter, regardless of where it's measured.

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In art or everyday contexts, people might loosely refer to an "Oval" shape when it appears slightly stretched or elliptical. On the other hand, the term "Circle" is used when referencing a perfectly round shape, free from any sort of elongation.

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The terms "Oval" and "Circle" also differ in their symmetry. While a circle has infinite lines of symmetry, an oval typically has two: one horizontal and one vertical.

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From a geometric standpoint, every "Circle" is an ellipse, but not every "Oval" can be classified as a circle. This distinction roots back to the stricter definition circles hold in mathematical contexts.

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## Comparison Chart

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## Oval and Circle Definitions

#### Oval

An elongated, rounded shape with no fixed mathematical definition.

The mirror had an elegant oval shape.

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#### Circle

A round plane figure with all points equidistant from the center.

She drew a perfect circle on the board.

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#### Circle

A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.

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#### Oval

A shape resembling the form of an egg.

The artist painted an oval to represent the egg.

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#### Oval

Curved shape without sharp edges or corners.

The oval table was perfect for the dining room.

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#### Oval

A shape with typically two lines of symmetry.

He noticed that her face had a soft oval shape.

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#### Circle

A circular or nearly circular course, circuit, or orbit:a satellite's circle around the earth.

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#### Circle

A series or process that finishes at its starting point or continuously repeats itself; a cycle.

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#### Circle

A group of people sharing an interest, activity, or achievement:well-known in artistic circles.

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#### Circle

A territorial or administrative division, especially of a province, in some European countries.

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#### Oval

An elongated round shape resembling an egg or ellipse. Category:en:Curves

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#### Oval

(math) In a projective plane, a set of points such that no three are collinear and there is a unique tangent line at each point.

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#### Circle

(geometry) A two-dimensional geometric figure, a line, consisting of the set of all those points in a plane that are equally distant from a given point (center).

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#### Oval

Of or pertaining to eggs; done in the egg, or inception; as, oval conceptions.

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#### Circle

A two-dimensional geometric figure, a disk, consisting of the set of all those points of a plane at a distance less than or equal to a fixed distance (radius) from a given point.

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#### 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.

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#### Circle

Any shape, curve or arrangement of objects that approximates to or resembles the geometric figures.

Children, please join hands and form a circle.

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#### Circle

Any thin three-dimensional equivalent of the geometric figures.

Cut a circle out of that sheet of metal.

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#### Circle

A curve that more or less forms part or all of a circle.

The crank moves in a circle.

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#### 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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#### Circle

A specific group of persons; especially one who shares a common interest.

Inner circle

Circle of friends

Literary circle

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#### Circle

(cricket) A line comprising two semicircles of 30 yards radius centred on the wickets joined by straight lines parallel to the pitch used to enforce field restrictions in a one-day match.

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#### Circle

(Wicca) A ritual circle that is cast three times deosil and closes three times widdershins either in the air with a wand or literally with stones or other items used for worship.

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#### Circle

(astronomy) An instrument of observation, whose graduated limb consists of an entire circle. When fixed to a wall in an observatory, it is called a mural circle; when mounted with a telescope on an axis and in Y's, in the plane of the meridian, a meridian or transit circle; when involving the principle of reflection, like the sextant, a reflecting circle; and when that of repeating an angle several times continuously along the graduated limb, a repeating circle.

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#### Circle

(logic) A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.

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#### Circle

A territorial division or district.

The ten Circles of the Holy Roman Empire were those principalities or provinces which had seats in the German Diet.

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#### Circle

(in the plural) A bagginess of the skin below the eyes from lack of sleep.

After working all night, she had circles under her eyes.

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#### Circle

(transitive) To travel around along a curved path.

The wolves circled the herd of deer.

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#### Circle

(transitive) To place or mark a circle around.

Circle the jobs that you are interested in applying for.

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#### Circle

A plane figure, bounded by a single curve line called its circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point within it, called the center.

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#### Circle

An instrument of observation, the graduated limb of which consists of an entire circle.

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#### Circle

A round body; a sphere; an orb.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.

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#### Circle

A company assembled, or conceived to assemble, about a central point of interest, or bound by a common tie; a class or division of society; a coterie; a set.

As his name gradually became known, the circle of his acquaintance widened.

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#### Circle

A series ending where it begins, and repeating itself.

Thus in a circle runs the peasant's pain.

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#### Circle

A form of argument in which two or more unproved statements are used to prove each other; inconclusive reasoning.

That heavy bodies descend by gravity; and, again, that gravity is a quality whereby a heavy body descends, is an impertinent circle and teaches nothing.

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#### Circle

Indirect form of words; circumlocution.

Has he given the lie,In circle, or oblique, or semicircle.

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#### Circle

To encompass, as by a circle; to surround; to inclose; to encircle.

Their heads are circled with a short turban.

So he lies, circled with evil.

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#### Circle

To move circularly; to form a circle; to circulate.

Thy name shall circle round the gaping through.

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#### Circle

Ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point;

He calculated the circumference of the circle

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#### Circle

An unofficial association of people or groups;

The smart set goes there

They were an angry lot

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#### Circle

Something approximating the shape of a circle;

The chairs were arranged in a circle

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#### Circle

Movement once around a course;

He drove an extra lap just for insurance

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#### Circle

A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island;

The accident blocked all traffic at the rotary

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#### Circle

A curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra;

They had excellent seats in the dress circle

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#### Circle

Any circular or rotating mechanism;

The machine punched out metal circles

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#### Circle

Be around;

Developments surround the town

The river encircles the village

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#### Circle

A loop or ring formed by a curved line.

The necklace was made up of tiny silver circles.

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#### Circle

A group of people with shared professions, interests, or acquaintances.

He was well-known in academic circles.

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#### Circle

To move around an object or place, especially more than once.

The bird circled above us, then landed.

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#### Circle

Representing infinity due to its endless loop.

The circle of life continues indefinitely.

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## FAQs

#### Can an "Oval" be a "Circle"?

No, while every circle is an ellipse, not every oval is a circle.

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#### Is there a fixed mathematical definition for "Oval"?

No, unlike "Circle", which is strictly defined, "Oval" has no fixed mathematical definition.

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#### Can "Circle" refer to a group of people?

Yes, "Circle" can mean a group of people with shared interests.

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#### Are there variations within "Oval" shapes?

Yes, ovals can vary in elongation and overall proportions.

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#### How many lines of symmetry does a "Circle" have?

A "Circle" has infinite lines of symmetry.

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#### Why might someone choose an "Oval" shape for a design?

"Ovals" might be chosen for aesthetic reasons or to fit specific spaces.

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#### Is a racetrack typically an "Oval"?

Yes, many racetracks have an oval design.

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#### Can "Circle" be a verb?

Yes, "Circle" can mean to move around an object or place.

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#### Is a "Circle" always two-dimensional?

In common usage, yes. However, a three-dimensional analog is called a "sphere".

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