ellipse

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French ellipse.

ellipse (1)

Noun[edit]

ellipse (plural ellipses)

  1. (geometry) A closed curve, the locus of a point such that the sum of the distances from that point to two other fixed points (called the foci of the ellipse) is constant; equivalently, the conic section that is the intersection of a cone with a plane that does not intersect the base of the cone.

Synonyms[edit]

  • oval (in non-technical use)

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Verb[edit]

ellipse (third-person singular simple present ellipses, present participle ellipsing, simple past and past participle ellipsed)

  1. (grammar) To remove from a phrase a word which is grammatically needed, but which is clearly understood without having to be stated.
    In B's response to A's question:- (A: Would you like to go out?, B: I'd love to), the ellipsed words are go out.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ellipsis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ellipse f (plural ellipses)

  1. (mathematics) ellipse
  2. (grammar) ellipsis

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

ellipse

  1. ablative singular of ellipsis