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

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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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The first known use of ellipsoid was in 1721

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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