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Etymology[]

From elliptic + -al.

Pronunciation[]

  • (UK) IPA: /ɪˈlɪp.tɪk.əl/
  • (US) IPA: /ɪˈlɪp.tɪ.kəl/
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Adjective[]

Elliptical (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
Elliptical

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  1. In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.
    • 1876, Edward Roth (translator), All Around the Moon, Chapter XIX,
      Having admitted that the projectile was describing an orbit around the moon, this orbit must necessarily be elliptical; science proves that it must be so.
  2. 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
  3. (of speech) Concise, condensed.
    • 1903, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Robert Browning, Chapter VI,
      Browning's dark and elliptical mode of speech, like his love of the grotesque, was simply a characteristic of his, a trick of is temperament, and had little or nothing to do with whether what he was expressing was profound or superficial.
  4. (mathematics, rare) Template:Alternative form of

Usage notes[]

  • In botanical usage, elliptic(al) refers only to the general shape of the leaf, independently of its apex or margin (and sometimes the base), so that an "elliptic leaf" may very well be pointed at both ends.

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Noun[]

Singular
Elliptical

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Elliptical ({{{1}}})

  1. (astronomy) An elliptical galaxy
  2. An elliptical trainer

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