[ih-lip-tik-lee] /ɪˈlɪp tɪk li/

in the form of an ellipse.
in an manner; by an ellipse.
with great economy of words or expression; concisely:
to speak elliptically.
without sufficient transition or a logical connection between thoughts, ideas, or expressions; ambiguously or cryptically:
to jump elliptically from generalities to specifics.


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