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CURLING TERMINOLOGIES: A concise list of terminologies of curling. You will find 100s of curling terms and definitions used by archers and officials, all listed from A to Z.

Curlers and competition referees can use this vocabulary of curling terminology. The titles and common match rulings will also help spectators and sports fans.

The official curling rules and regulations is a good place to start if you are learning to play. These curling key words cover the advanced lingo and sports terms related to the game.

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CURLING TERMS: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A - Accuracy Rate

A curler's accuracy rate depends on the shot made.

The skip calls a shot for the curler to make and depending on how well the curler executes that shot, they are generally scored out of 4.

If they make the shot exactly as called, they will score a 4. If they are close, and still leave something that can be used, they may score a 3.

The calculations are conducted over the course of a game and that is how accuracy is measured.

The higher the percentage, the more shots the curler has made. Accuracy rating is not always about how often a curler hits the button.

B - Blank End

In the game of curling the term 'blank end' means no points were scored by the team.


A curling bonspiel is a tournament in which curlers play competitively.

Burning a Rock

Burning a rock refers to a curling rules infraction. The phrase describes a ruling that does not allow a player to touch a stone as it travels down the ice sheet.


The button in curling is the very center ring of the target house and similar to the bull's eye in darts.

C - Cashpiel

A cashpiel is a curling tournament where curlers compete for a monetary prize.

D - Delivery

Delivery is the motion of throwing a stone from one end to the other end of the playing surface.

E - Eight-ender

Eight-ender in curling is a perfect end where every all eight stones score a point.


An end is the term for the method that curling games are divided and typically with either eight or ten ends.

G - Gripper

The gripper is the name for one sole on a curler's a shoe which helps your foot to grip the ice.

H - Hammer

The hammer is the word used for the last rock which is thrown in that end.


The hack refers to the foothold in the ice that curlers use to push off from when they deliver a stone.

The house is an expression used to describe the rings or the giant bull’s eye target. There is a house at each end of the ice sheet consisting of a set of concentric and coloured circles. The rings are called the 12-foot, the 8-foot, the 4-foot, and the button.

In curling phraseology hurry hard is an instruction given to sweepers to start sweeping and mostly directed by the skip or third.

R - Rink

Rink has a double meaning in curling. It refers to the team of curlers and it describes a curling facility which is a flat strip of smooth ice measuring 45 meters long and 5 meters wide.


A comprehensive curling glossary of terminology must include the term rock. Rocks are also called stones which are granite utensils similar to bowls. A standard sized rock weighs around twenty kilograms.

S - Sheet

A curling wordbook describes a sheet as the frozen surface which the game of curling is played upon.


Similar to the gripper, a slider is also the sole of one of the shoes helping you to move or slide along the ice.

T - Tee Line

The tee line is simply a mark on the playing surface running through the middle of the house.

W - Weight

In terms of curling the weight describes the amount of force which is used to deliver a rock or stone to an end.

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Curling Terminologies; UK Rules Updated 2017