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ellipse

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noun el·lipse \i-ˈlips, e-\

Simple Definition of ellipse

  • : a shape that resembles a flattened circle

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ellipse

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  ellipsis

Illustration of ellipse

Origin of ellipse

Greek elleipsis


First Known Use: circa 1753

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ELLIPSE Defined for Kids

ellipse

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noun el·lipse \i-ˈlips\

Definition of ellipse for Students

  1. :  a shape that looks like a flattened circle




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