ellipsoid

noun
el·​lip·​soid | \ i-ˈlip-ˌsȯid How to pronounce ellipsoid (audio) , e- \

Definition of ellipsoid

: a surface all plane sections of which are ellipses or circles

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Other Words from ellipsoid

ellipsoidal \ i-​ˌlip-​ˈsȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce ellipsoidal (audio) , (ˌ)e-​ \ or less commonly ellipsoid adjective

Examples of ellipsoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The earth is slightly thicker in the equator, making it an ellipsoid, technically. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Magnetic North Pole Changes Time Zones, Just Keeps Drifting," 17 Dec. 2019 From radar observations, Psyche the asteroid appears ellipsoid in shape, about as wide as Massachusetts. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Metal Ball the Size of Massachusetts That NASA Wants to Explore," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of ellipsoid

1721, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jan 2020

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“Ellipsoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ellipsoid. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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