noun el·lipse \i-ˈlips, e-\

: a shape that resembles a flattened circle

Full Definition of ELLIPSE

a :  oval
b :  a closed plane curve generated by a point moving in such a way that the sums of its distances from two fixed points is a constant :  a plane section of a right circular cone that is a closed curve
:  ellipsis

Illustration of ELLIPSE

Origin of ELLIPSE

Greek elleipsis
First Known Use: circa 1753

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

Rhymes with ELLIPSE

ELLIPSE Defined for Kids


noun el·lipse \i-ˈlips\

Definition of ELLIPSE for Kids

:  a shape that looks like a flattened circle


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