elliptical

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adjective el·lip·ti·cal \i-ˈlip-ti-kəl, e-\

Definition of elliptical

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or shaped like an ellipse

  2. 2 a :  of, relating to, or marked by ellipsis or an ellipsis b (1) :  of, relating to, or marked by extreme economy of speech or writing (2) :  of or relating to deliberate obscurity (as of literary or conversational style)

elliptically

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Examples of elliptical in a sentence

  1. The moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth.

  2. a writer with an elliptical style

Variants of elliptical

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elliptic

play \-tik\

Origin and Etymology of elliptical

Greek elleiptikos defective, marked by ellipsis, from elleipein


First Known Use: 1656

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ELLIPTICAL Defined for English Language Learners

elliptical

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adjective el·lip·ti·cal \i-ˈlip-ti-kəl, e-\

Definition of elliptical for English Language Learners

  • : shaped like a flattened circle

  • : using few words and therefore hard to understand


ELLIPTICAL Defined for Kids

elliptical

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adjective el·lip·ti·cal \i-ˈlip-ti-kəl\

Definition of elliptical for Students

  1. :  having the shape of an ellipse <an elliptical orbit>

Variants of elliptical

or

elliptic

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