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Curling glossary

Here is some common curling terms that you may hear on TV or find on these pages. Curling has a number of unique expressions like any other sport, this is just a few of the most common ones.

Term Explanation
Back line The line behind the house. Once crossed a stone is out of play.
Biter A stone just touching the outer edge of the 6ft circle, potentially counting.
Blank end An end where no stone scores a point.
Button The small centre of circles
Centre line The line that runs down the middle from hack to hack.
Clean To sweep lightly before a stone.
Double A takeout shot that clears two opposing stones from the house.
Draw The amount of curling movement to describe the distance from the direction of release to the intended target.
A stone played to end in the house, an instruction to play such a stone.
Draw weight An indication of the momentum needed for a stone to end in the house.
End Component of a game, during which eight stones are played by each team in the same direction.
Extra end The deciding end played when the score is level after all scheduled ends have been played.
Freeze A stone played with perfect weight to rest against another.
Frosty ice Ice with frost on the surface, caused by high humidity.
Give ice To hold a brush for a player to aim at, as a skip to indicate the amount of ice needed to draw to a target
Guard A stone played to protect another.
Guard Weight An indication of the momentum needed for a stone to end in front of the house.
Hack The block at each end of a sheet, usually of rubber, which provides a foothold from which the stones are played.

Term used to indicate who has last stone in an end.

Handle Term to denote the rotation applied to a stone upon release.
Hog A stone which fails to reach the hog line and is removed from play.
Hog line The line each played stone has to cross to remain in play.
House The circles which a stone has to reach in order to count.
In-turn Slight rotation applied to a stone where the playing hand turns in towards the player (clockwise for right-handed players and vice versa for left-handed)
Lead Player who plays his two stones first in an end for a team.
Out-turn Slight rotation applied to a stone where the playing hand turns out from the player (anti-clockwise for right-handed players and vice versa for left-handed)
Pebble The frozen droplets of water applied to a sheet of ice before a game, reducing friction between the stone and the ice.
Peel A takeout shot where both played and struck stones roll out of play.
Port A space between two lying stones, large anough for another to pass through.
Raise To bump or move a lying stone a short distance further, usually into the house.
Rink The building where curling takes place.
A curling team
The sheet of ice on which a game is played.
Rock North American word for a curling stone, seldom used in Europe.
Second Player who plays his two stones second.
Sheet The area where one specific game is played.
Shot A played stone
The word used to indicate a point won at the end of an end.
Skip Player who usually plays his two stones last, but not always. He is always the player who directs the game and decides strategy and ice.
Steal To score shots in an end when you didn't have last stone.
Stone The piece of granite we all love and cherish.
Takeout A shot played hard enough to remove a stone or stones from play.
Tee The cross in the button.
Third Player who plays his two stones third. Usually the vice-skip who stands in the house when the skip plays his stones.
Weight The momentum applied to a stone for distance.

Most termsand texts (but not all)  picked up from the book "Curling basics" by Roy Sinclair.



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