noun

*pl.*-·lip′ses·

Origin of ellipse

Modern Latin*ellipsis*from Classical Greek

*elleipsis*, a defect, ellipse from

*elleipein*, to fall short from

*en-*, in +

*leipein*, to leave (see loan): so named from falling short of a perfect circle

The dark circle within the cone is an ellipse.

The definition of an ellipse is a path taken or a shape that results when a flat plane intersects a cone in a direction which is not parallel to the base of the cone.

An example of an ellipse are the rings of Saturn.

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noun

Geom. the path of a point that moves so that the sum of its distances from two fixed points, the foci, is constant; closed curve formed by the section of a cone cut by a plane less steeply inclined than the side of the cone

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noun

- A plane curve, especially:
**a.**A conic section whose plane is not parallel to the axis, base, or generatrix of the intersected cone.**b.**The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal. - Ellipsis.

Origin of ellipse

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Noun

(*plural* ellipses)

Verb

(*third-person singular simple present* ellipses, *present participle* ellipsing, *simple past and past participle* ellipsed)

Origin

From French *ellipse*.

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- But since an
**ellipse**can always be constructed with a given centre so as to touch a given line at a given point, and to have a given value of ab(=h/-~ u) we infer that the orbit will be elliptic whatever the initial circumstances. - Regular
**ellipse**about 22 m. - It is the envelope of circles described on the central radii of an
**ellipse**as diameters. - The largest is an
**ellipse**of about 60 by 66 ft., but most of the sesi have a diameter of 20-25 ft. - 35 The
**Ellipse**and the Ellipsoid.

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