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[ih-lip-ti-kuh l] /ɪˈlɪp tɪ kəl/

adjective, Also, elliptic
pertaining to or having the form of an .
pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.
(of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of irrelevant matter:
to converse in elliptical sentences.
(of a style of speaking or writing) tending to be ambiguous, cryptic, or obscure:
an elliptical prose that is difficult to translate.
Astronomy. .
relating to or having the shape of an ellipse
relating to or resulting from ellipsis
(of speech, literary style, etc)


1650s, “elliptic in shape;” see elliptic + -al (1). Grammatical sense of “missing essential words or phrases” is recorded from 1778 (see ellipsis). Related: Elliptically.


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