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The shape of an athletics track is sometimes incorrectly referred to as oval, but an oval is literally an egg shape with no straight sides. Is there a geometric name for a rectangle with semicircular ends?

Question #150624. Asked by gmackematix.
Last updated Feb 12 2024.
Originally posted Feb 12 2024 1:01 AM.

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A running track is an Oval which is an Ellipse or Elliptical
1. Standard IAAF / Olympic / NCAA, 400 meter running track
A Standard 400-meter running track is the quintessential oval shape that most of us think of when we hear the word "track." This size is regulated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and it's the minimum size required to host official competitions.

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Synonyms of oval
: an oval figure or object
: a racetrack in the shape of an oval or a rectangle having rounded corners

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: having the shape of an egg
also : broadly elliptical


Response last updated by elburcher on Feb 12 2024.
Feb 12 2024, 7:32 AM
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Interestingly, the geometric name for a rectangle with semicircular ends is a stadium. Although it is also referred to as a pill, discorectangle, obround, or sausage body. It definitely is not an ellipse, which is curved all the way round, instead of having straight sides.


Feb 12 2024, 9:40 AM
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