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Curling Terminology

Curling Term Description Curling Term Description Curling Term Description
Back Ring The portion of the eight-foot and twelve-foot rings behind the tee line. Hack The foot-hold from which the stone is delivered. Raise When one stone is bumped ahead by another.
Biter A rock that barely touches the outer edge of the twelve-foot ring. Hack Weight The weight required to deliver a stone in order that it travels to the hack at the distant end. Rink A team of four curlers. Also, the building in which the game is played.
Blank End A scoreless end with no rocks in the rings. Heavy A stone delivered with more weight than required to successfully achieve the desired shot. Roll The direction a moving stone takes after it hits another stationary stone.
Blanking An End Deliberately creating a blank end for the purposes of retaining the last rock advantage for the next end of play. Heavy Ice Ice that for one of many reasons requires more than the normal weight to slide the stone. Rub When a moving stone barely touches another stationary stone. (Less contact than a chip)
Bonspiel A curling competition. Hit Weight Another term for take-out weight. Run A section of the curling sheet that is dipped or troughed that can prevent a stone to curl or draw down it's normal path of travel.
Board Weight A stone thrown with sufficient momentum or force to reach the back boards of the curling sheet. Synonymous with bumper weight. Hog Line The wide black line 33 feet from the hack. A stone must completely cross the distant hog line to be in play. Second The second player on a team to deliver stones during each and every end. The second follows the lead.
Bump A short raise. Hogged Rock A rock that fails to slide over the distant hog line after delivery and must be removed from play. Sheet The strip of ice upon which the game is being played. A curling club will have several sheets of ice to play on.
Bumper Weight Delivery speed that should come to rest against the bumper behind the hack. Synonymous with board weight. House The four colored rings at each end of the sheet. Shot Rock The stone closest to the button at any time during an end.
Burned Stone A stone in motion that is touched by a member of either team, or any part or portion of their equipment. A burned stone is immediately removed from play by the party who burned it. Ice The distance between where a delivered rock must be aimed (the skip's broom at the distant end) and the intended target or its final resting place, in order to successfully achieve the desired shot. The amount of curl for the type of shot determines the required amount of ice. Skip The fourth player on a team to deliver a stone during each and every end. The skip usually directs the strategy during the game.
Button The small circle in the center of the house. In-Turn The rotation imparted on a stone during delivery that causes it to spin in a clockwise direction for a right hander, and a counter-clockwise direction for a left hander. Swingy Ice Ice that for one of many reasons has a more than normal draw.
Chip To hit only a slight portion of a stone. Keen Ice Ice that for one of many reasons requires less than the normal weight to slide the stone. Take-out To completely remove another stone from play by hitting it with another.
Chip-and-Roll

When a moving stone chips another stone and moves (rolls) to rest at a different position.

Lead The first player on a team to deliver stones during each and every end. Take-out Weight The weight required when delivering a stone in order to make at take-out.
Control Weight A takeout shot that is slow enough that the sweepers have relative control over its curl; faster than board weight, but slower than normal takeout weight Light A stone delivered with less weight than required to successfully achieve the desired shot. Tee-Line The line that passes through the button of the house across the width of the sheet.
Counter A rock in the house which is in a scoring position. Lost Turn A stone that has no turn on the handle and thus, does not curl. Third The third player on a team to deliver stones during each and every end. The third follows the second.
Curl The line of travel the stone takes after delivery. A stone will seldom travel along the sheet in a straight line, unless it travels along a run or a fall. Generally stones curl more with less weight and less with more weight. Narrow Delivering a stone to the inside of the skip's broom. (also refer to as - off the broom) Tight Another term for narrow.
Dead Handle A stone that loses its turn after delivery or, which is thrown without a turn. Normal Weight Normal takeout weight; faster than control weight, but slower than peel. Turn The direction of rotation imparted on a stone during delivery that determines the curl of the stone. The two turns used in curling are the in-turn and out-turn.
Drag When two rocks are frozen, hitting the top rock at an angle creates a drag effect that affects the direction of the second rock; the friction between the two frozen rocks makes the first rock "drag" the second rock slightly towards the same direction; hitting the top rock on the right makes the bottom rock move more to the left while hitting it on the left makes it move more to the right. Off the Broom A stone delivered narrow or wide of the skip's broom. The skip's broom is the point of aim during delivery. Vice, Vice-Skip Another term for the third.
Draw The amount of ice that a stone curls when traveling down the sheet. A type of shot that requires draw weight. Outside Another term for wide. Weight The force or momentum transferred to a curling stone during delivery.
Draw Weight The weight required to deliver a stone so that it comes to rest in the house at the distant end. Out-Turn The rotation imparted on a stone during delivery that causes it to spin in a counter-clockwise direction for a right hander, and a clockwise direction for a left hander. Wick Another term for chip.
End The period of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones. A complete game consists of a specific number of ends, usually eight, ten or twelve. Pebble A fine spray of water droplets applied to the sheet before the start of each game. Curling stones slide along the frozen pebble, not on smooth ice. Wide Delivering a stone to the outside of the skip's broom. (also refer to as - off the broom)
Fall A section of the curling sheet that is sloped which can cause a moving stone to curl in the opposite direction than intended. Peel Weight A stone delivered with heavy take-out weight. Wrecked Shot A missed shot caused by an accidental chip or wick-off of another stationary stone.
Guard A stone that is placed in a position so that it can protect another stone from being hit. Port An opening between two stones that is wide enough for another stone to pass through.    

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