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ˈkɜr vɪt; for v. also kərˈvɛtcurvet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curvet, vaultingverb

    a light leap by a horse in which both hind legs leave the ground before the forelegs come down

  2. curvetverb

    perform a leap where both hind legs come off the ground, of a horse


  1. curvetverb

    To leap about, frolic.

  2. Etymology: From Italian corvetta, diminutive of corva, an early form of curva ‘curve’, from Latin curva feminine of curvus ‘bent, curved’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Curvetnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

  2. To CURVETverb

    Etymology: corvettare, Italian.

    Cry, holla! to thy tongue, I pr’ythee: it curvets unseasonably. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Himself he on an earwig set,
    Yet scarce he on his back could get,
    So oft and high he did curvet,
    ’Ere he himself could settle. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

    Seiz’d with unwonted pain, surpriz’d with fright,
    The wounded steed curvets; and, rais’d upright,
    Lights on his feet before: his hoofs behind
    Spring up in air aloft, and lash the wind. John Dryden, Æneis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curvetnoun

    a particular leap of a horse, when he raises both his fore legs at once, equally advanced, and, as his fore legs are falling, raises his hind legs, so that all his legs are in the air at once

  2. Curvetnoun

    a prank; a frolic

  3. Curvetnoun

    to make a curvet; to leap; to bound

  4. Curvetnoun

    to leap and frisk; to frolic

  5. Curvetverb

    to cause to curvet

  6. Etymology: [OE. corvet, It.corvetta: cf. F. courbette. See Curve, and cf. Corvetto.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curvet

    kur′vet, kur-vet′, n. a light leap of a horse in which he raises his forelegs together, next the hindlegs with a spring before the forelegs touch the ground: a leap, frolic.—v.i. (kur-vet′, kur′vet) to leap in curvets: to frisk:—pr.p. curvet′ting, curvet′ing; pa.p. cur′veted. [It. corvetta, dim. of corvo—L. curvus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curvet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curvet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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