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ellipsis

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noun el·lip·sis \i-ˈlip-səs, e-\

Simple Definition of ellipsis

  • : the act of leaving out one or more words that are not necessary for a phrase to be understood

  • : a sign (such as …) used in printed text to show that words have been left out

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ellipsis

plural ellipses play \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 a :  the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete b :  a sudden leap from one topic to another

  2. 2 :  marks or a mark (as …) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause

Examples of ellipsis in a sentence

  1. Begin when ready for Begin when you are ready is an example of ellipsis.



Origin of ellipsis

Latin, from Greek elleipsis ellipsis, ellipse, from elleipein to leave out, fall short, from en in + leipein to leave — more at in, loan


First Known Use: 1540

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