Curvet
Curvet 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A prank; a frolic. [1913 Webster]


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  • Curvet — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To leap and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curvet — [kʉr′vet; ] for v., usually [ kər vet′] n. [It corvetta, dim. < corvo < L curvus: see CROWN] in equestrian exhibitions, a movement in which a horse rears, then leaps forward, raising the hind legs just before the forelegs come down vi.… …   English World dictionary

  • Curvet — Cur vet, v. t. To cause to curvet. Landor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curvet — vb *skip, bound, hop, lope, lollop, ricochet …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • curvet — ► NOUN ▪ a graceful or energetic leap. ► VERB (curvetted, curvetting or curveted, curveting) ▪ (especially of a horse) leap gracefully or energetically. ORIGIN Italian corvetta little curve …   English terms dictionary

  • curvet — n. /kerr vit/; v. /keuhr vet , kerr vit/, n., v., curvetted or curveted, curvetting or curveting. n. 1. Dressage. a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend. v.i. 2.… …   Universalium

  • curvet — cur•vet [[t]ˈkɜr vɪt[/t]] for v. also [[t]kərˈvɛt[/t]] n. v. vet•ted vet•ed, vet•ting vet•ing 1) spo a leap of a horse from a rearing position, in which it springs up with the hind legs outstretched as the forelegs descend 2) spo to leap in a… …   From formal English to slang

  • curvet — /kɜˈvɛt/ (say ker vet) noun 1. a leap of a horse in which the forelegs are raised together and equally advanced, and then, as they are falling, the hind legs are raised with a spring, so that all the legs are off the ground at once. –verb (i) 2.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • curvet — I. noun Etymology: Italian corvetta, from Middle French courbette, from courber to curve, from Latin curvare Date: 1575 a prancing leap of a horse in which the hind legs are raised just before the forelegs touch the ground II. intransitive verb ( …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • curvet — n. & v. n. a horse s leap with the forelegs raised together and the hind legs raised with a spring before the forelegs reach the ground. v.intr. (curvetted, curvetting or curveted, curveting) (of a horse or rider) make a curvet. Etymology: It.… …   Useful english dictionary

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