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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.
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(ɪˈlɪptɪkəl) or


1. (Mathematics) relating to or having the shape of an ellipse
2. (Grammar) relating to or resulting from ellipsis
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of speech, literary style, etc)
a. very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous
b. circumlocutory or long-winded
Also (for senses 1, 2): elliptic
elˈliptically adv
elˈlipticalness n
Usage: The use of elliptical to mean circumlocutory should be avoided as it may be interpreted wrongly as meaning condensed or concise
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(ɪˈlɪp tɪ kəl)

adj. Also, el•lip′tic.
1. pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse.
2. pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.
a. characterized by extreme economy of expression in speech or writing.
b. ambiguous; cryptic; obscure.
[1650–60; < Greek elleiptik(ós) defective (see ellipsis, -tic) + -al1]
el•lip′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elliptical - rounded like an egg
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"
2.elliptical - 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"
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1. oval, egg-shaped, ovoid, ovate, ellipsoidal, oviform the moon's elliptical orbit
2. oblique, concentrated, obscure, compact, indirect, ambiguous, concise, condensed, terse, cryptic, laconic, abstruse, recondite elliptical references to matters best not discussed in public
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elips biçiminde


[ɪˈlɪptɪkəl] ADJelíptico
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[ɪˈlɪptɪkəl] adj
(= oval) [shape, arch] → elliptique; [orbit] → elliptique
(= indirect) [remark] → elliptique
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[ɪˈlɪptɪkl] elliptic [ɪˈlɪptɪk] adjellittico/a
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(iˈlips) noun
a geometrical figure that is a regular oval.
elˈliptical adjective
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References in classic literature ?
When he was tired, his lectures were clouded, obscure, elliptical; but when he was interested they were wonderful.
Now, of those attendant bodies which the sun maintains in their elliptical orbits by the great law of gravitation, some few in turn possess satellites.
Belfast and Maston-- that it had deviated from its course from some unknown cause, and had not reached its destination; but that it had passed near enough to be retained by the lunar attraction; that its rectilinear movement had been changed to a circular one, and that following an elliptical orbit round the star of night it had become its satellite.
"And when he does go," he continued (our thoughts ran so much together, that our conversation was often slightly elliptical), "I suppose he repeats the words 'I believe in the Communion of Saints'?"
When we see an object, say a penny, we seem to be aware of its "real" shape we have the impression of something circular, not of something elliptical. In learning to draw, it is necessary to acquire the art of representing things according to the sensation, not according to the perception.
The eye was, for a long time, wholly lost in this labyrinth, where there was nothing which did not possess its originality, its reason, its genius, its beauty,--nothing which did not proceed from art; beginning with the smallest house, with its painted and carved front, with external beams, elliptical door, with projecting stories, to the royal Louvre, which then had a colonnade of towers.
Meanly elliptical, ludicrously precise, saving half-pence at the expense of sense, yet paying like a man for "Mr." Maturin, that was my distinguished relative from his bald patch to his corns.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will fix the five lanes in the center of the Elliptical Road one after another.
Target: Instant Data Centers, (formerly Elliptical Mobile Solutions)
For the traffic rerouting, all motorists from Elliptical Road going to Kalayaan Road, UP and Commonwealth Avenue shall turn right on East Avenue, left on Matalino street, left on Kalayaan Avenue and right to Elliptical Road to their destinations.
Analyses of elliptical ooids and quartz grains show an overall 14.59 % shortening in the region.
"I once tried to keep up with her on the elliptical. It was awful.