Definitions for ellipticalɪˈlɪp tɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

el•lip•ti•calɪˈlɪp tɪ kəl(adj.)el•lip′tic.

  1. pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse.

  2. pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.

    Category: Grammar

  3. characterized by extreme economy of expression in speech or writing. ambiguous; cryptic; obscure.

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of elliptical:

1650–60; < Gk elleiptik(ós) defective (see ellipsis , -tic ) + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. egg-shaped, elliptic, elliptical, oval, oval-shaped, ovate, oviform, ovoid, prolate(adj)

    rounded like an egg

  2. elliptic, elliptical(adj)

    characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements

    "the dialogue is elliptic and full of dark hints"; "the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor


  1. elliptical(Noun)

    An elliptical galaxy

  2. elliptical(Noun)

    An elliptical trainer

  3. elliptical(Adjective)

    In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.

  4. elliptical(Adjective)

    Of, or showing ellipsis; having a word or words omitted.

    If he is sometimes elliptical and obscure, it is because he has so much to tell us. -- Edmund Wilson

  5. elliptical(Adjective)

    Concise, condensed.

  6. Origin: From elliptic + -al.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elliptical(adj)

    of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends

  2. Elliptical(adj)

    having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase

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