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

: shaped like a flattened circle

: using few words and therefore hard to understand

Full Definition of ELLIPTICAL

:  of, relating to, or shaped like an ellipse
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 \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of ELLIPTICAL

el·lip·ti·cal or el·lip·tic \-tik\

Examples of ELLIPTICAL

  1. The moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth.
  2. a writer with an elliptical style


Greek elleiptikos defective, marked by ellipsis, from elleipein
First Known Use: 1656

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abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb
ELLIPTICALLY Defined for Kids


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

Definition of ELLIPTICAL for Kids

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

Variants of ELLIPTICAL

el·lip·ti·cal or el·lip·tic \-tik\


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