Recent Examples of ellipse from the Web
In the absence of psychological development or real suspense, chapters end with portentous rhetorical ellipses.
Official transcripts replace expletives with ellipses after the first letter of the word, as most local newspapers also do.
The floor of the upper ellipse also curves up and down, giving the hall an unfixed, fluctuating profile.
When talking about Wilson, Ciara's elocution is dotted with ellipses and hyperbole.
The ASU team found room for two target ellipses 80 kilometers long by 50 kilometers wide on either side of a five-kilometer crater at their site’s center.
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A closed curve consisting of points whose distances from each of two fixed points (foci) all add up to the same value is an ellipse. The midpoint between the foci is the center. One property of an ellipse is that the reflection off its boundary of a line from one focus will pass through the other. As a result, in an elliptical room, a person whispering at one focus is easily heard by someone at the other. An oval may or may not fit the definition of an ellipse.
Origin and Etymology of ellipse
First Known Use: circa 1753See Words from the same year
ELLIPSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ellipse for English Language Learners
: a shape that resembles a flattened circle
ELLIPSE Defined for Kids
Definition of ellipse for Students
: a shape that looks like a flattened circle
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