Elliptical

  • 1elliptical — index brief Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 2elliptical — 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 …

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  • 3elliptical — [adj] oval shaped egg shaped, ellipsoidal, oblong, ovoid; concept 486 …

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  • 4elliptical — ► 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 …

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  • 5elliptical — [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 …

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  • 6elliptical — [[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… …

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  • 7Elliptical — 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 …

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  • 8elliptical — 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 …

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  • 9elliptical — 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… …

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  • 10elliptical — 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.)… …

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  • 11elliptical — 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 …

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  • 12elliptical — adjective 1) an elliptical shape Syn: oval, egg shaped, elliptic, ovate, ovoid, oviform, ellipsoidal 2) elliptical phraseology Syn: cryptic, abstruse, ambiguous, obscure, oblique …

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  • 13elliptical — adj. Elliptical is used with these nouns: ↑galaxy, ↑orbit, ↑shape …

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  • 14elliptical — adjective 1. rounded like an egg • Syn: ↑egg shaped, ↑elliptic, ↑oval, ↑oval shaped, ↑ovate, ↑oviform, ↑ovoid, ↑prolate • Similar to …

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  • 15elliptical — 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… …

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  • 16elliptical — adj. [Gr. elleipsis, lack, defect] Oblong with rounded ends, oval in shape …

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  • 17elliptical — 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,… …

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  • 18elliptical — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. oval, egg shaped; condensed, cut, lacunal. See rotundity, shortness. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Having the form of an ellipse] Syn. oval, ovoid, egg shaped; see oblong . 2. [Marked by omissions in… …

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  • 19elliptical — el|lip|ti|cal [ ı lıptıkl ] adjective 1. ) suggesting what you mean rather than saying or writing it clearly 2. ) shaped like an ELLIPSE …

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  • 20elliptical — adj. oval, egg shaped; containing ellipsis …

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