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curling, winter sport, similar in principle to bowls and quoits (see horseshoe pitching), played on an ice court called a sheet by teams of four. Each player hurls a squat, circular stone—weighing 38 to 44 lb (17.2 to 20 kg), dished on bottom and top and having a top handle for the player's grip—at the tees, or fixed goals, which are placed 114 ft (35 m) apart. Around each tee a circle is drawn with a radius of 6 ft (1.8 m). Each player is provided with a crampit, or spiked metal plate, to get a foothold on the ice, and a broom to sweep the ice in front of the swerving stone—one of the eye-catching features of the game. The players on both teams alternately send the stones toward one tee; the stones lying nearest the tee at the end of play count toward the score. The play is then made toward the opposite tee. A curling tournament is called a bonspiel. Curling is a major winter sport of Scotland, where it was played perhaps as early as the 16th cent. The Royal Caledonia Curling Club, founded in 1838, is the governing body of the sport. Curling is also very popular in Canada, is played to some extent in the United States and other countries, and is a winter Olympic sport.

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curling

curling Game resembling bowls on ice that is a major winter sport of Scotland, and popular in Canada, n USA, and Nordic countries. The game is played by two teams of four players on an ice surface, 42m (138ft) × 4.3m (14ft). Each player has two smooth circular stones – dished at the base and on top, and with a handle. Players are also provided with a crampit, a spiked metal footplate. At each end of the ice is a circular target with a central area known as the tee. One player sends his stone towards the tee, team-mates use brooms to sweep the surface in front of it to give it a smoother surface over which to glide. Each player delivers two stones. One point is scored for each stone lying nearer the tee than an opponent's stone.

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curl·ing / ˈkərling/ • n. a game played on ice, esp. in Scotland and Canada, in which large, round, flat stones are slid toward a mark. Players use brooms to sweep the ice in the path of the stone to control it.

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curling

curling Sc. game played on the ice with large rounded stones. XVII. perh. f. CURL with ref. to the motion given to the stone; see -ING 1.
Also curler; whence prob. curl vb. XVIII.

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