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 (ĭ-lĭp′tĭk) or el·lip·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.
2. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.
a. Of or relating to extreme economy of oral or written expression.
b. Marked by deliberate obscurity of style or expression.

[New Latin ellīpticus, from Greek elleiptikos, defective, from elleipsis, a falling short, ellipsis; see ellipsis.]

el·lip′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elliptic - (of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
2.elliptic - rounded like an egg
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"
3.elliptic - characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements; "the dialogue is elliptic and full of dark hints"; "the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"


(Math etc) orbit, pathelliptisch
(fig) account, referenceandeutungsweise; styleunklar; essay, book, playkryptisch (geh); she gives an elliptical account of the tragedysie berichtet nur andeutungsweise von der Tragödie
References in classic literature ?
No one knew exactly what inspired her elliptic comments, and her relations had long since given up trying to interpret them.
Would it be thought sufficient to say that because planets revolve in elliptic courses round the sun, satellites follow the same course round the planets, for the sake of symmetry, and to complete the scheme of nature?
To the south of the broken tuff-crater, in which the Beagle was anchored, there was another beautifully symmetrical one of an elliptic form; its longer axis was a little less than a mile, and its depth about
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They find that for small times independent of the semiclassical scaling parameter, both types of motion are accurately described by explicit formulae involving elliptic functions, and that these formulae are consistent with predictions of Whitham's formal modulation theory in both the hyperbolic and elliptic cases.
By the circumference of a circle concluded path s on the elliptic sphere is calculated with the help of the spherical law of cosines.
Local and Global Aspects of Quasilinear Degenerate Elliptic Equations: Quasilinear Elliptic Singular Problems
To show a group of type (n,n, [infinity]; k) to be non-discrete, we find regular elliptic elements of infinite order.
Elliptic curves have been studied as a mathematical concept since the second century A.
Elliptic, a Blockchain startup has concluded a $5 million Series A funding round driven by Paladin Capital Group, with involvement from Santander InnoVentures, KRW Schindler, Digital Currency Group, and present investor, Octopus Ventures.
Miyazaki [7] proposed a threshold signature scheme based on the elliptic curve ElGamal cryptosystem.