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ellipsis

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.
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ellipsis

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.

el·lip·sis

 (ĭ-lĭp′sĭs)
n. pl. el·lip·ses (-sēz)
1.
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.]

ellipsis

(ɪˈlɪpsɪs)
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]

el•lip•sis

(ɪˈlɪp sɪs)

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.
[1560–70; < Latin ellīpsis < Greek élleipsis falling short, ellipse, ellipsis =elleíp(ein) to fall short (el-, variant before l of en- en-2 + leípein to leave) + -sis -sis]

ellipsis

A punctuation mark consisting of a series of periods (…) used to show that something has been omitted.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ellipsis - omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
deletion, omission - any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
Translations
trojtečkavýpustka
tripunkto
ellipsisananheitto
points de suspensionellipse
trotočjetrotočka
ellipsweglatingbeletseltekendoorlooppuntjes

ellipsis

[ɪˈlɪpsɪs] N (ellipses (pl)) [ɪˈlɪpsiːz] (= omission) → elipsis f inv; (= dots) → puntos mpl suspensivos

ellipsis

[ɪˈlɪpsɪs] n (LINGUISTICS)ellipse f

ellipsis

n pl <ellipses> (Gram) → Ellipse f

ellipsis

[ɪˈlɪpsɪs] (ellipses (pl)) [ɪˈlɪpsiːz] n (Gram) → ellissi f inv
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At the two extremities of the port, in order that their fires should converge upon the great axis of the ellipsis formed by the basin, in the first place, two batteries had been raised, evidently destined to receive flank pieces, for D'Artagnan saw the workmen finishing the platform and making ready the demi-circumference in wood upon which the wheels of the pieces might turn to embrace every direction over the epaulement.
"I do; that is about the distance that separates your chamber from mine; only, unfortunately, I did not curve aright; for want of the necessary geometrical instruments to calculate my scale of proportion, instead of taking an ellipsis of forty feet, I made it fifty.
Philosophy teaches us that the atmos- phere will not retain lead; and two pounds of the metal, moulded into bullets of thirty to the pound, after describing an ellipsis in their journey, returned to the earth rattling among the branches of the trees directly over the heads of the troops stationed in the rear of their captain.
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The typographical ellipsis and the dash represent and indeed constitute gaps at the micro-level of writing.
"I was using the adverb derived from the Greek term "ellipsis', meaning the omission of a word or word to be understood by the person whom one is addressing.
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* ellipsis (...) In general, treat an ellipsis as a three-letter word, constructed with three periods and two spaces, as shown here.
It has been demonstrated that ellipsis sites (orphans) are interpreted relative to their antecedents (cf.
But those ellipsis points represent 22 words that the writer packed between his subject and his verb.