• WordNet 3.6
    • adj elliptic 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"- H.O.Taylor"
    • adj elliptic rounded like an egg
    • adj elliptic (of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elliptic Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.
    • Elliptic leaving out information essential to comprehension; so concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or ambiguous; -- of speech or writing; as, an elliptical comment.
    • Elliptic Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends. "The planets move in elliptic orbits.""The billiard sharp who any one catches,
      His doom's extremely hard
      He's made to dwell
      In a dungeon cell
      On a spot that's always barred.
      And there he plays extravagant matches
      In fitless finger-stalls
      On a cloth untrue
      With a twisted cue
      And elliptical billiard balls!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elliptic Pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse.
    • elliptic Pertaining to or marked by ellipsis; defective; having a part left out.
    • elliptic In entomology, elongate-ovate; more than twice as long as broad, parallel-sided in the middle, and rounded at both ends, but in general more broadly so at the base: applied especially to the abdomen, as in many Hymenoptera.
    • elliptic In mathematics, having a pair of characteristic elements imaginary: as, an elliptic involution.
    • elliptic See space.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Elliptic pertaining to an ellipse: oval: pertaining to ellipsis: having a part understood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. elliptique,. See Ellipsis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. elleipsiselleipein, to fall short—en, in, leipein, to leave.


In literature:

Leaves linear to elliptical, more than 2 cm.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
Even casual speech is elliptical and exclamatory; speech born of excitement or agony of soul is strongly so.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
The machine started up immediately; the curve was elliptical.
"The Romantic Analogue" by W.W. Skupeldyckle
It was elliptical in shape, three hundred feet by its longer axis.
"The Door into Infinity" by Edmond Hamilton
The spores are narrowly elliptical and transparent.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
P. elliptical then campan.
"European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae" by George Massee
The principal vibration, in which the section becomes elliptical, corresponds to n = 2.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
In the case of a semicircular or elliptical arch with 4-1/2 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
The form of vase identified with this name has a spherical or elliptical body with short neck and wide mouth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
The first was that planets move in elliptical orbits with the sun in one focus.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Then he made an elliptical ring around a new moon and hung the moon low in the sky.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
It is of elliptical plan, measures some 612 by 515 feet, and was from 160 to 180 feet high.
"Architecture" by Nancy R E Meugens Bell
Wherever the text is whole, it is curt, elliptical, and yet rhythmical to a degree attainable only through long use.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
Each, however, is elliptic.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The leaves are from two to four inches long, of a narrow elliptical shape.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
But to ignore the individual channels through which these forces pass, is elliptical.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Here was another of those elliptical currents spoken of a few pages back.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
A ring tube of elliptical section is thus formed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
Elliptical, having an oval or oblong figure.
"A Manual of the Antiquity of Man" by J. P. MacLean
Time had made no inroad upon those large rounded arms, none upon the elliptical outlines of that noble bust.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid

In news:

A stainless-steel elliptical soaking tub from Diamond Spas is situated in a sleek, Asian-inspired tiled bath .
Diamond Spas'€™ stainless steel elliptical soaking tub nestles in white river rocks.
Sputnik Elliptical Filament chandelier in?steel and filament bulbs by Restoration Hardware.
On the sideline was 76ers coach Doug Collins , getting his workout in on the elliptical.
At the gym recently, I found myself on the elliptical machine with two television options in front of me.
The full moon on May 5 reached perigee, which is the closest point to Earth in its elliptical pattern, according to NASA.
On the sideline was 76ers coach Doug Collins, getting his workout in on the elliptical.
Students exercise on the elliptical machines in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) at University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Dorene Internicola Reuters.
I'm now relying on a heart rate monitor to ensure I'm maintaining my cardio conditioning while on an elliptical machine and bike.
High-Energy Hits for the Elliptical.
At first I tried the stationary bike, then I moved on to an elliptical cross trainer, and finally, my albatross, running.
Astronomers have found an elliptical galaxy that may have been puffed up by the actions of one or more black holes in its core.
Unique to the design of these RoHS-compliant handles is that the tube and the handle legs have the same elliptical profile.
In addtion, the investmen—the latest of several capital equipment purchases made over the past few years—twill give RMP the capability to polish bent, oval, and elliptical tubing.
But the idea is just now taking off in the US The parks feature low-impact exercise equipment designed to promote balance and flexibility, such as elliptical machines, static bikes and body flexors.

In science:

Eigenvalues freezing with unit moduli have eigenfunctions located on elliptic islands of regular motion surrounding elliptic periodic orbits in phase space.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The formation history of field elliptical galaxies (i.e. elliptical galaxies located outside of massive galaxy clusters) remains very uncertain.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
In this “top-down” scenario field ellipticals have evolved quiescently since their formation, and therefore the number of massive/luminous field elliptical per co-moving volume should be constant at all redshifts between now and their formation epoch.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
As our main ob jective is to study the evolution of the volume density of z > 1 field elliptical galaxies, we define EROs to be color-selected ob jects that are redder than a z ≃ 1 passively evolving elliptical galaxy.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
While sizeable, this may not be enough to explain the increase in SN in ellipticals unless the typical ellipticals has several ma jor mergers in its lifetime.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The solid and dashed lines are fits to the elliptical and elliptical+S0 samples, respectively.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
However, the relation for the ellipticals was tighter; Figure 5 shows (V −I )0 at r = 10′′ plotted against (V −I )0 from SBF-IV for the ellipticals (regardless of whether or not they have Mg2 from SMAC).
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Filled and open circles are ellipticals and S0s, respectively; the dashed line is a fit to the full sample, and the solid line is a fit the ellipticals.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
The system is elliptic if and only if its linearization about any given solution is elliptic.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
The equilibrium state of almost independent oscillators corresponds to an fully elliptic fixed point in the phase space and periodic orbits or tori encircle the elliptic fixed point.
Random Wandering Around Homoclinic-like Manifolds in Symplectic Map Chain
Another generalization of Hirzebruch’s χy -genus is the (two-variable) elliptic genus, and this paper grew from an attempt to prove the relationship between elliptic genera of resolutions of the quotients M /G and the elliptic genera associated with the actions of G on M .
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
The proof given below, similarly to Batyrev’s approach, requires a generalization of elliptic genera considered in to the elliptic genus associated with triples consisting of a manifold, the group acting on it and the divisor with simple normal crossings.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
Since y− dimX 2 χ−y (X ) = limq→0 E ll(X ; z , τ ), Hirzebruch’s χy -genus is a specialization of the elliptic genus (and so are various one variable versions of elliptic genus due to Landweber-Stong, Ochanine, Witten and Hirzebruch).
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
Totaro found a characterization of the elliptic genus (2) of SU -manifolds from the point of view of cobordisms as the universal genus invariant under classical flops. A ma jor difference between elliptic genus and E -function is that the latter is defined for quasipro jective varieties.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera
One of ingredients of the proof is systematic use of the “hybrid” orbifold elliptic genus of pairs generalizing both singular and orbifold elliptic genera.
McKay correspondence for elliptic genera