adjective see elliptical

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Elliptic — El*lip tic, Elliptical El*lip tic*al, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. elliptique. See {Ellipsis}.] 1. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends. [1913 Webster] The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elliptic — 1726, from Gk. elleiptikos pertaining to an ellipse, from elleipein (see ELLIPSIS (Cf. ellipsis)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • elliptic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or having the form of an ellipse. DERIVATIVES ellipticity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • elliptic — el·lip·tic (ĭ lĭpʹtĭk) or el·lip·ti·cal ( tĭ kəl) adj. 1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse. 2. Containing or characterized by ellipsis. 3. a. Of or relating to extreme economy of oral or written expression. b. Marked by… …   Universalium

  • elliptic — adjective Related to an ellipse or its mathematical definition …   Wiktionary

  • elliptic — Synonyms and related words: Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, abstracted, aposiopestic, bell like, bell shaped, bobbed, brief, brusque, campaniform, campanular, campanulate, capsule, capsulized, clipped, close, compact, compendious, compressed,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • elliptic — el lip·tic || ptɪk(l) adj. oval, egg shaped …   English contemporary dictionary

  • elliptic — adjective relating to or having the form of an ellipse. Derivatives ellipticity noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • elliptic — a.; (also elliptical) 1. Oval, oblong rounded. 2. Relating or belonging to the ellipse, like an ellipse. 3. Defective, incomplete, containing omissions …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • elliptic —   Of a 2 dimensional structure that is widest near the middle but narrowed towards each rounded end, e.g. the leaflets of Zamia amplifolia.   See also obovate, ovate …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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