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definition of the word elliptical

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From elliptic + -al.

elliptical (comparative more elliptical, superlative most elliptical)

Positive
elliptical

Comparative
more elliptical

Superlative
most elliptical

  1. In a shape reminding of an ellipse; oval.
    • 1876, Edward Roth (translator), All Around the Moon, Chapter XIX,
      Having admitted that the projectile was describing an orbit around the moon, this orbit must necessarily be elliptical; science proves that it must be so.
  2. Of, or showing ellipsis; having a word or words omitted.
    If he is sometimes elliptical and obscure, it is because he has so much to tell us. -- Edmund Wilson
  3. (of speech) Concise, condensed.
    • 1903, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Robert Browning, Chapter VI,
      Browning's dark and elliptical mode of speech, like his love of the grotesque, was simply a characteristic of his, a trick of is temperament, and had little or nothing to do with whether what he was expressing was profound or superficial.
  4. (mathematics, rare) Of a function in which the sum of the squares of two variables is constant.


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