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Meaning of ELLIPTIC

Pronunciation:  i'liptik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [adj]  rounded like an egg
  3. [adj]  of a leaf shape; in the form of an ellipse
  4. [adj]  containing or characterized by ellipsis; "the clause of comparison is often elliptical"- G.O.Curme

ELLIPTIC is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: concise, egg-shaped, elliptical, elliptical, oval, ovate, oviform, ovoid, prolate, rounded, simple, unsubdivided



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

         The planets move in elliptic orbits.  --Cheyne.

2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.

{Elliptic chuck}. See under {Chuck}.

{Elliptic compasses}, an instrument arranged for drawing

{Elliptic function}. (Math.) See {Function}.

{Elliptic integral}. (Math.) See {Integral}.

{Elliptic polarization}. See under {Polarization}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Oval in outline, widest at the center.
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