from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.
- adj. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.
- adj. Of or relating to extreme economy of oral or written expression.
- adj. Marked by deliberate obscurity of style or expression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Related to an ellipse or its mathematical definition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.
- adj. Having a part omitted.
- adj. leaving out information essential to comprehension; so concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or ambiguous; -- of speech or writing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse.
- Pertaining to or marked by ellipsis; defective; having a part left out.
- In entomology, elongate-ovate; more than twice as long as broad, parallel-sided in the middle, and rounded at both ends, but in general more broadly so at the base: applied especially to the abdomen, as in many Hymenoptera.
- In mathematics, having a pair of characteristic elements imaginary: as, an elliptic involution.
- See space.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. rounded like an egg
- adj. (of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse
- adj. characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements
New Latin ellīpticus, from Greek elleiptikos, defective, from elleipsis, a falling short, ellipsis; see ellipsis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐλλειπτικός (elleiptikos), from ἐλλείπω (elleipō, "I leave out, omit"). (Wiktionary)