elliptical

adjective
el·​lip·​ti·​cal | \ i-ˈlip-ti-kəl How to pronounce elliptical (audio) , e- \
variants: or elliptic \ i-​ˈlip-​tik How to pronounce elliptic (audio) , e-​ \

Definition of elliptical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or shaped like an ellipse
2a : 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)

elliptical

noun
plural ellipticals

Definition of elliptical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : elliptical galaxy In Hubble's scheme, galaxies are divided into ellipticals and spirals.— Roberto G. Abraham et al.
2 : elliptical trainer Ellipticals move in a smooth, oval motion, like riding a bike standing up, and offer great features like your beloved treadmill.— Monique Savin

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Other Words from elliptical

Adjective

elliptically \ i-​ˈlip-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce elliptically (audio) , e-​ \ adverb

Examples of elliptical in a Sentence

Adjective The moon follows an elliptical path around the Earth. a writer with an elliptical style
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bicycles also can be moved apart, or some can be taped off or removed from service, Dr. Anderson says. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Is It Safe to Go Back to the Gym?," 13 May 2020 The five lines of evidence are: Six known objects in the Kuiper Belt, all of which have elliptical orbits that point in the same direction. Fox News, "Mysterious Planet 9 could be found using futuristic spacecraft, theoretical physicist suggests," 9 May 2020 The five lines of evidence are: Six known objects in the Kuiper Belt, all of which have elliptical orbits that point in the same direction. Fox News, "Mysterious Planet 9 could be found using futuristic spacecraft, theoretical physicist suggests," 9 May 2020 The star, known as S2, follows an elliptical 16-year orbit. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Star’s strange path around black hole proves Einstein right—again," 16 Apr. 2020 The third test was the precession of Mercury's rather eccentric elliptical orbit around the Sun. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Einstein wins again: Star orbits black hole just like GR predicts," 16 Apr. 2020 Rowing machine: Unlike a treadmill or elliptical machine, low-impact rowers build aerobic fitness while exercising both the upper and lower body. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "More people setting up home gyms with gyms closed amid coronavirus pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 In addition, the Deep Space Network permits communications with satellites that are on highly elliptical orbits, to monitor the poles and deliver radio signals. Jean Creighton, Quartz, "These innovations from the Moon landing changed life on Earth," 19 July 2019 To strengthen her legs, Lynda spent more time on the elliptical machine at the gym and took longer walks. Margarita Birnbaum, Dallas News, "A hiking trip celebrates a Dallas woman’s birthday and her potential," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Connected rowing machines, treadmills, mirrors and ellipticals were ubiquitous. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Is Peloton a Fitness Fad or a Tech Company? Everything’s Riding on the Answer," 17 Jan. 2020 Best deals on workout equipment Walmart: Black Friday is the best time to splurge on big-ticket exercise equipment with major markdowns on treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals at Walmart. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The Best Black Friday Health and Wellness Deals to Shop Today," 29 Nov. 2019 This was well-equipped, with a row of treadmills overlooking the water, bikes, a rowing machine, ellipticals, weight machines, free weights, stability balls and mats, plus a group fitness room. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "They equated cruises with excess, so these first-timers set sail with a focus on wellness," 4 Oct. 2019 The Active Sports Bra features moisture-wicking foam cups that not only reduce the under boob sweat but also provide support and comfort for medium impact sports (such as hiking, cycling, strength training and ellipticals). Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "The 7 Best High Impact Sports Bras For All Sizes," 22 Oct. 2019 Staph bacteria were found on the surface of every piece of exercise equipment tested, including free weights, weight machines, ellipticals, stationary bikes and treadmills. Scott Douglas, Washington Post, "Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs. Here’s how to avoid them.," 29 July 2019 Staph bacteria were found on the surface of every piece of exercise equipment tested, including free weights, weight machines, ellipticals, stationary bikes and treadmills. Scott Douglas, sun-sentinel.com, "Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs. Here’s how to avoid them.," 29 July 2019 Traditional fitness equipment NordicTrack has had to rework its collection, too, to offer on-demand classes across bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills to compete against Peloton’s offerings. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The future of fitness is together but alone," 18 July 2019 The 16th-floor gym offered three treadmills, two ellipticals, one bike, a solid weight set, good sunrise views and homey touches like a bowl of apples. New York Times, "An Ottawa Hotel Is an Ode to Canada," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of elliptical

Adjective

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elliptical

Adjective

Greek elleiptikos defective, marked by ellipsis, from elleipein

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The first known use of elliptical was in 1656

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Elliptical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elliptical. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for elliptical

elliptical

adjective
How to pronounce elliptical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of elliptical

: shaped like a flattened circle
: using few words and therefore hard to understand

elliptical

adjective
el·​lip·​ti·​cal | \ i-ˈlip-ti-kəl How to pronounce elliptical (audio) \
variants: or elliptic \ -​tik \

Kids Definition of elliptical

: having the shape of an ellipse an elliptical orbit

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