Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.
  • adj. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.
  • adj. Of or relating to extreme economy of oral or written expression.
  • adj. Marked by deliberate obscurity of style or expression.

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  • adj. Related to an ellipse or its mathematical definition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.
  • adj. Having a part omitted.
  • adj. leaving out information essential to comprehension; so concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or ambiguous; -- of speech or writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse.
  • Pertaining to or marked by ellipsis; defective; having a part left out.
  • 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.
  • In mathematics, having a pair of characteristic elements imaginary: as, an elliptic involution.
  • See space.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. rounded like an egg
  • adj. (of a leaf shape) in the form of an ellipse
  • adj. characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements

Etymologies

New Latin ellīpticus, from Greek elleiptikos, defective, from elleipsis, a falling short, ellipsis; see ellipsis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἐλλειπτικός (elleiptikos), from ἐλλείπω (elleipō, "I leave out, omit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is something in gauge theory called the elliptic sequence.

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  • The resulting space is a closed manifold (without any boundary), and it is the carrier of the so-called elliptic non-Euclidean geometry of F. Klein (S.M. Coxeter, p. 13).

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  • Certicom specializes in what is called elliptic curve cryptography, which is used to encrypt electronic data.

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  • They also can be grouped according to the central algorithm used, such as elliptic curve cryptography.

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  • This elliptic galaxy (M84) is not only blue, but contains bubbles in bubbles like a Russian Doll.

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  • Go back to elliptic curves or votign systems or whatever your thing is these days.

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  • Added mass for gravitation causes a positive curvature elliptic deformation of spacetime, allowing a black hole to possess unlimited volume inside an externally finite volume envelope - a Tardis.

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  • I am surprised... you make no mention of the person who, the moment you start using the treadmill or the elliptic trainer after patiently waiting for the person before you to be done, asks you how long more you'll be on, keeps asking you every five minutes for the entire duration of your allowed thirty-minute workout, all the while nervously pacing through the 2-sqm area right in front of you...

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  • Hijacking astronomical argot from “white dwarves” to “red giants,” Big Bang explodes from this empty center with an elliptic circumscription of parodic pseudo-charts and de-functionalized cosmological notions.

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  • Certicom, of Mississauga, Ont., owns a large patent portfolio related to elliptic curve cryptography.

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