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Meaning of CURVET

Pronunciation:  kur'vet

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    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.