When three dots such as ... is used in place of additional words in a sentence, this is an example of an ellipsis.
- Gram. the omission of a word or words necessary for complete grammatical construction but understood in the context (Ex.: “if possible” for “if it is possible”)
- ellipsis points
Origin of ellipsisClassical Latin from Classical Greek elleipsis: see ellipse
- a. The omission of a word or phrase necessary for a complete syntactical construction but not necessary for understanding.b. An example of such omission.
- A mark or series of marks ( … or * * * , for example) used in writing or printing to indicate an omission, especially of letters or words.
Origin of ellipsisLatin ellīpsis from Greek elleipsis from elleipein to fall short ; see ellipse .
- (typography) A mark consisting of three periods, historically with spaces in between, before, and after them “ . . . ”, nowadays a single character “…” Ellipses are used to indicate that words have been omitted in a text or that they are missing or illegible.
- (grammar, rhetoric) The omission of a grammatically required word or phrase that can be inferred.
- (film) The omission of scenes in a film that do not advance the plot.
From Ancient Greek ἔλλειψις (elleipsis, “omission”).
ellipsis - Computer Definition
A three-dot symbol used to show an incomplete statement. Ellipses are used in on-screen menus to convey that there is more to come.