What does elliptical mean?

Definitions for elliptical
ɪˈlɪp tɪ kəlel·lip·ti·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. egg-shaped, elliptic, elliptical, oval, oval-shaped, ovate, oviform, ovoid, prolateadjective

    rounded like an egg

  2. elliptic, ellipticaladjective

    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. Ellipticaladjective

    leaving out information essential to comprehension; so concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or ambiguous; -- of speech or writing; as, an elliptical comment.


  1. ellipticalnoun

    An elliptical galaxy

  2. ellipticalnoun

    An elliptical trainer

  3. ellipticaladjective

    In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.

  4. ellipticaladjective

    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. ellipticaladjective

    Concise, condensed.

  6. Etymology: From elliptic + -al.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elliptical, Elliptickadjective

    Having the form of an ellipsis; oval.

    Etymology: from ellipsis.

    Since the planets move in elliptick orbits, in one of whose foci the sun is, and by a radius from the sun describe equal areas in equal times, which no other law of a circulating fluid, but the harmonical circulation, can account for; we must find out a law for the paracentrical motion, that may make the orbits elliptick. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    In animals, that gather food from the ground, the pupil is oval or elliptical; the greatest diameter going transversely from side to side. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ellipticaladjective

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

  2. Ellipticaladjective

    having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase

  3. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. elliptique. See Ellipsis.]


  1. Elliptical

    oblong-oval, the ends equally rounded, together forming an even ellipsoid.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elliptical in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elliptical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of elliptical in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    There's no doubt I'm burning fewer calories today than I was when I was able to get on the elliptical, so, yes, I knew there'd be chance that I would put some of the weight back on, and I probably have [in recent weeks]. But when I started this, I didn't have a target weight in mind. I just knew I needed to get healthier, and that's what I hope I can maintain — that mindset — for the rest of my life.

  2. Noah Petro:

    I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon, the difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine. The last time the full moon was this close to Earth was 1948, NASA says. BEHOLD, THE' PILLARS OF DESTRUCTION' The moon only appears full from Earth when our planet is between the sun and the moon. But since the moon’s orbit has an elliptical shape, sometimes it is closer to Earth than other times. Astronomers call the closest-to-the-Earth moment the perigee. What makes November 14 special is that the moon.

  3. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris:

    I spend a lot of hours every week on an elliptical or a bike just to increase blood flow to my brain, and it turns out every morning when I put on a tie I’m diminishing it.

  4. Jim White:

    If you are going out for a light jog or stint on the elliptical, you probably aren't going to have an issue.

  5. President Clinton:

    During my presidency, exercise meant a lot, whether it was upstairs in the White House on an elliptical machine or outside riding my mountain bike.

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    like a pulp or overripe; not having stiffness
    • A. cosmopolitan
    • B. greedy
    • C. squashy
    • D. hatched

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