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  • adj. Alternative form of ellipsoid.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an ellipsoid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the form of an ellipsoid.

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

  • adj. having the nature or shape of an ellipsoid


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  • Water drops are usually ellipsoidal in shape and are less able than a sphere to concentrate light.

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  • In addition, the ellipsoidal shape is able to intensify sunlight only when the sun is low in the sky — when the light is not so strong — and the water itself provides cooling.

    Apparently, rain cannot cause a forest fire « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • *Comment: FK Coma Berenices variable stars are examples of probable stellar mergers, whose ellipsoidal envelopes are/ have merged together, and often show very fast rotation.

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  • This says that the Weyl curvature, that portion of the Riemann curvature involved with tidal forces and the distention of material into ellipsoidal configurations, increases with time.

    Death in the Sky: M31 Shreds its Satellites | Universe Today

  • All that remained was a perfect ellipsoidal shape of melted stone.

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  • There were dozens of knives; ellipsoidal, stiletto, triangular, with or without blood gutters grooved nastily in their flanks, gem-encrusted little pig-stickers for argumentative ladies, trick knives concealed in eyeglass cases or boot soles ... all the deadly variety of which the honer was capable.

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  • A shakespeare is an ellipsoidal light for theater.

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  • Although in/on/within an outside-inside ellipsoidal earth doubly functioning as sky -- i.e., when the earth is the sky is the earth (and even when a wall is a floor is a ceiling is a floor is a wall in zero and near-zero gravity) -- one can certainly imagine less differentiated, more egalitarian self-organizing bee-line trajectories.

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  • A horn that Hutchinson felt in his bones as much as in his ears signaled their arrival at the stones, an ellipsoidal stretch of pave stones whose huge mass prevented them from being uprooted by the surrounding trees.

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  • So we must distinguish between elliptical and ellipsoidal.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


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