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Meaning of CURVET

Pronunciation:  kur'vet

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a light leap by a horse in which both hind legs leave the ground before the forelegs come down
  2. [v]  perform a curvet, of a horse
 

CURVET is a 6 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: vaulting
 
 See Also: bound, dressage, jump, leap, spring

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Cur"vet\ (k[^u]r"v?t or k[^u]r-v?t"; 277), n. [OE.
    corvet, It. corvetta: cf. F. courbette. See {Curve}, and cf.
    {Corvetto}.]
    1. (Man.) 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. A prank; a frolic.
    
    
  2. \Cur"vet\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Curveted} or {-vetted};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Curveting} or {-vetting}.] [Cf. It.
    corvettare. See {Curvet}, n.]
    1. To make a curvet; to leap; to bound. ``Oft and high he did
       curvet.'' --Drayton.
    
    2. To leap and frisk; to frolic. --Shak.
    
    
  3. \Cur"vet\, v. t.
    To cause to curvet. --Landor.
    
    
 

 

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