• 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

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