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An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text, or (informally) to represent a pause, hesitation, or trailing-off in thought or speech.
a set of three dots indicating an omission in a text: A foolish . . . is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Not to be confused with:
eclipse – the obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer: lunar eclipse; solar eclipse; a sudden loss of importance in relation to a newly arrived person or thing: The status of the lead actress was eclipsed by a young ingénue in the film.
elapse – the passage or termination of a period of time: Eight hours have elapsed since we ate.
n. pl. el·lip·ses (-sēz)
a. The omission of a word or phrase necessary for a complete syntactical construction but not necessary for understanding.
b. An example of such omission.
2. A mark or series of marks ( ... or * * * , for example) used in writing or printing to indicate an omission, especially of letters or words.
[Latin ellīpsis, from Greek elleipsis, from elleipein, to fall short; see ellipse.]
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
1. (Grammar) Also called: eclipsis omission of parts of a word or sentence
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a sequence of three dots (…) indicating an omission in text
[C16: from Latin, from Greek elleipsis omission, from elleipein to leave out, from leipein to leave]
n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
1. the omission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words understandable from the context that would complete or clarify the construction, as the omission of been to Paris from the second clause of I've been to Paris but he hasn't.
2. a mark or marks, as - -, or …, or * * *, to indicate an omission or suppression of letters or words.
A punctuation mark consisting of a series of periods (…) used to show that something has been omitted.
points de suspensionellipse
ellipsis[ɪˈlɪpsɪs] n (LINGUISTICS) → ellipse f
n pl <ellipses> (Gram) → Ellipse f