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el·lip·tic

 (ĭ-lĭp′tĭk) or el·lip·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.
2. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.
3.
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.

elliptical

(ɪˈlɪptɪkəl) or

elliptic

adj
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

el•lip•ti•cal

(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.
3.
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.
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"

elliptical

elliptic
adjective
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
Translations
ellipseformetelliptisk
elliptikus
sporöskjulaga
eliptyczny
eliptický
elliptisk
elips biçiminde

elliptical

[ɪˈlɪptɪkəl] ADJelíptico

elliptical

[ɪˈlɪptɪkəl] adj
(= oval) [shape, arch] → elliptique; [orbit] → elliptique
(= indirect) [remark] → elliptique

elliptical

[ɪˈlɪptɪkl] elliptic [ɪˈlɪptɪk] adjellittico/a

ellipse

(iˈlips) noun
a geometrical figure that is a regular oval.
elˈliptical adjective
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