or elliptic adjective Etymology: Greek elleiptikos defective, marked by ellipsis, from elleipein Date: 1656 1. of, relating to, or shaped like an ellipse 2. a. of, relating to, or marked by ellipsis or an ellipsis b. (1) of, relating to, or marked by extreme economy of speech or writing (2) of or relating to deliberate obscurity (as of literary or conversational style) • elliptically adverb

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  • elliptical — 1650s, “elliptic in shape;” see ELLIPTIC (Cf. elliptic) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Grammatical sense of “missing essential words or phrases” is recorded from 1778 (see ELLIPSIS (Cf. ellipsis)). Related: Elliptically …   Etymology dictionary

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  • elliptical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) another term for ELLIPTIC(Cf. ↑ellipticity). 2) (of speech or text) using or involving ellipsis, especially so as to be difficult to understand. DERIVATIVES elliptically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • elliptical — [e lip′ti kəl, ilip′ti kəl] adj. [< Gr elleiptikos (see ELLIPSE) + AL] 1. of, or having the form of, an ellipse, as some leaves: see LEAF 2. of or characterized by ellipsis; with a word or words omitted, with obscure, incomplete constructions …   English World dictionary

  • elliptical — [[t]ɪlɪ̱ptɪk(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is elliptical has the shape of an ellipse. [FORMAL] ...the moon s elliptical orbit... The stadium is elliptical in plan. 2) ADJ GRADED Elliptical references to something are indirect rather than… …   English dictionary

  • Elliptical — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elliptical — 1. adjective /ɪˈlɪp.tɪk.əl,ɪˈlɪp.tɪ.kəl,əˈlɪp.tɪ.kəl/ a) In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval. Having admitted that the projectile was describing an orbit around the moon, this orbit must necessarily be elliptical; science proves that it must …   Wiktionary

  • elliptical — ellipticalness, n. /i lip ti keuhl/, adj. Also, elliptic. 1. pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse. 2. pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis. 3. (of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of… …   Universalium

  • elliptical — el|lip|ti|cal [ıˈlıptıkəl] adj also el|lip|tic [ tık] [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: elleiptikos, from elleipein; ELLIPSIS] 1.) having the shape of an ellipse ▪ Kepler published his discovery of the elliptical orbits of planets in 1609. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • elliptical — also el.lip.tic adjective 1 having the shape of an ellipse: The earth s orbit is elliptical. 2 elliptical speech or writing is difficult to understand because more is meant than is actually said: an elliptical remark …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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