Skip to main content Skip to Search Box

Definition: curling from The Penguin English Dictionary

a game in which two teams of four players each slide heavy round flat-bottomed stones over ice towards a target circle marked on the ice [verbal noun from curl 1].


Summary Article: curling from The Columbia Encyclopedia

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.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, © Columbia University Press 2017

Related Credo Articles

Full text Article curling
The Macmillan Encyclopedia

A target game played on ice with stones fitted with handles, played since at least the early 16th century in Scotland. Two teams of four...

Full text Article curling
Philip's Encyclopedia

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...

Full text Article CURLING
The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales

The ice rink at the Dee side Leisure Centre in Queensferry , where the Welsh Curling Association (WCA) was founded in 1973, is southern ...

See more from Credo