ellipsis

noun el·lip·sis \ i-ˈlip-səs , e- \

Definition of ellipsis

plural ellipses play \i-ˈlip-ˌsēz, e-\
1 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
2 :marks or a mark (such as … ) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause

Examples of ellipsis in a Sentence

  1. “Begin when ready” for “Begin when you are ready” is an example of ellipsis.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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ELLIPSIS Defined for English Language Learners

ellipsis

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Definition of ellipsis for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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