noun \i-ˈlip-səs, e-\

: 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

plural el·lip·ses \-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of ELLIPSIS

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

Examples of ELLIPSIS

  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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


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