Definition of ellipsis
ellipsesplay \i-ˈlip-ˌsēz, e-\
1a : the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically completeb : 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
“Begin when ready” for “Begin when you are ready” is an example of ellipsis.
Recent Examples of ellipsis from the Web
How this emotionally distant loner ever managed to become the lover of married Israeli businessman Oren (Roy Miller), who is in the German capital at least once a month, is conveniently lost in an ellipsis.
Note: This story was updated on June 13 with ellipsis to indicate the Facebook quote was not continuous.
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ELLIPSIS Defined for English Language Learners
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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