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elliptical

adjective
variants: or elliptic

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1 having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning
  • the poet's elliptical style is such that the reader often senses that an allusion is being made—but to what exactly?

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2 having the shape of an egg
  • the villa's marble pool is surrounded by an elliptic arrangement of ancient Greek statuary

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3 marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning
  • his elliptical replies can seem rude to some people, but that's just his way

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The first known use of elliptical was in 1656

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“Elliptical.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/elliptical. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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