Curvet
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 frisk; to frolic. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 — 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… …   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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