elliptical


elliptical

adjective

Definition of ELLIPTICAL

1
having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning <the poet's elliptical style is such that the reader often senses that an allusion is being madeā€”but to what exactly?>
2
having the shape of an egg <the villa's marble pool is surrounded by an elliptic arrangement of ancient Greek statuary>
Synonyms elliptical (or elliptic), ovate, ovoid (also ovoidal)
3
marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning <his elliptical replies can seem rude to some people, but that's just his way>

Variants of ELLIPTICAL

elliptical or elliptic

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