[ UK /ɪlˈɪptɪk/ ]
  1. rounded like an egg
  2. characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements
    the dialogue is elliptic and full of dark hints
    the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity
  3. (of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse
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How To Use elliptic In A Sentence

  • When the eyelids are open, an elliptical space, the palpebral fissure (rima palpebrarum), is left between their margins, the angles of which correspond to the junctions of the upper and lower eyelids, and are called the palpebral commissures or canthi. X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1c. 3. The Accessory Organs of the Eye
  • Whereas hyperbolic activity and elliptic motion characterizes the cab, a big rig manifests an elliptic activity and hyperbolic motion.
  • He never uses allusions, elliptical expressions, never pretends to know what he doesn't.
  • The width of a molecule at a given point along the contour length is the diameter of the horizontal axis of the elliptical cross section at that point.
  • Except that Bainbridge was never quite that neat a writer; elliptical, mysterious and not too hung up on the indispensability of closure, her novels quite frequently seemed to lack an easily decipherable resolution, and be all the more powerful for it. The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge – review
  • No one knew exactly what inspired her elliptic comments, and her relations had long since given up trying to interpret them.
  • He guessed that the original cutting stylus was defective and so he tried a custom-made reproducing stylus, instead of the usual conical or elliptical styli.
  • After ascending the elliptical stairs past a couple small galleries, one is immediately struck by the bright orange carpet laid across most of the fourth floor.
  • The Earth's path round the sun is elliptical.
  • Similarly, radial burns can be used to convert circular orbits into elliptical ones.
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