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[ih-lip-sis] /ɪˈlɪp sɪs/

noun, plural ellipses
[ih-lip-seez] /ɪˈlɪp siz/ (Show IPA)

Printing. a mark or marks as ——, …, or * * *, to indicate an omission or suppression of letters or words.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
Also called eclipsis. omission of parts of a word or sentence
(printing) a sequence of three dots (…) indicating an omission in text

1560s, “an ellipse,” from Latin ellipsis, from Greek elleipsis “a falling short, defect, ellipse,” from elleipein “to fall short, leave out,” from en- “in” + leipein “to leave” (see relinquish). Grammatical sense first recorded 1610s.
ellipsis [(i-lip-sis)]

A punctuation mark (…) used most often within quotations to indicate that something has been left out. For example, if we leave out parts of the above definition, it can read: “A punctuation mark (…) used most often … to indicate….”


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