ellipsis

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἔλλειψις (élleipsis, omission).

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Noun[edit]

ellipsis (plural ellipses)

Examples (grammar)
  • He is faster than she. (Here, a trailing “is fast” is omitted, grammatically required, and implied.)
  • She went home, so I did, too. (Did stands for “went home”.)
  1. (typography) A mark consisting of three periods, historically with spaces in between, before, and after them “ . . . ”, nowadays a single character “” Ellipses are used to indicate that words have been omitted in a text or that they are missing or illegible.
    • 2006, Danielle Corsetto, Girls with Slingshots: 114
      CARD: Hey Baby. Thanks for the … last night. Love you!
      HAZEL: Wow. I’ve never despised an ellipsis so much in my life.
  2. (grammar, rhetoric) The omission of a grammatically required word or phrase that can be inferred.
  3. (film) The omission of scenes in a film that do not advance the plot.
    • 2002, David Blanke, The 1910s: 219
      It was now possible for writers and directors to cut scenes that did not further the plot; called "ellipses" by filmmakers.

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Punctuation


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἔλλειψις (élleipsis, omission)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ellipsis f (genitive ellipsis); third declension

  1. ellipsis
  2. ellipse

Inflection[edit]

Third declension i-stem.

Number Singular Plural
nominative ellipsis ellipsēs
genitive ellipsis ellipsium
dative ellipsī ellipsibus
accusative ellipsem ellipsēs
ellipsīs
ablative ellipse ellipsibus
vocative ellipsis ellipsēs

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