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- In a shape of, or reminding of, an ellipse; oval.
- Of, or showing ellipsis; having a word or words omitted.
- 1940, Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station:
- If he is sometimes elliptical and obscure, it is because he has so much to tell us.
- (of speech) Concise, condensed.
- 1903, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, “Chapter VI”, in Robert Browning:
- Browning's dark and elliptical mode of speech, like his love of the grotesque, was simply a characteristic of his, a trick of his temperament, and had little or nothing to do with whether what he was expressing was profound or superficial.
- (mathematics, rare) Elliptic.
- In botanical usage, elliptic(al) refers only to the general shape of the object (usually a leaf), independently of its apex or margin (and sometimes the base), so that an "elliptic leaf" may very well be pointed at both ends. A three-dimensional elliptical object is ellipsoid, while an object that is not a perfectly stretched circle is ovoid or obovoid.
in math — see elliptic
elliptical (plural ellipticals)
elliptical galaxy — see elliptical galaxy
elliptical trainer — see cross-trainer