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elliptical

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adjective el·lip·ti·cal \i-ˈlip-ti-kəl, e-\

Simple Definition of elliptical

  • : shaped like a flattened circle

  • : using few words and therefore hard to understand

Full Definition of elliptical

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or shaped like an ellipse

  2. 2 a :  of, relating to, or marked by ellipsis or an ellipsis b (1) :  of, relating to, or marked by extreme economy of speech or writing (2) :  of or relating to deliberate obscurity (as of literary or conversational style)

el·lip·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of elliptical

  1. The moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth.

  2. a writer with an elliptical style



Variants of elliptical

or el·lip·tic play \-tik\

Origin of elliptical

Greek elleiptikos defective, marked by ellipsis, from elleipein


First Known Use: 1656

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ELLIPTICAL Defined for Kids

elliptical

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adjective el·lip·ti·cal \i-ˈlip-ti-kəl\

Definition of elliptical

  1. :  having the shape of an ellipse <an elliptical orbit>



Variants of elliptical

or el·lip·tic \-tik\


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