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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A closed, symmetric curve shaped like an oval, which can be formed by intersecting a cone with a plane that is not parallel or perpendicular to the cone's base. The sum of the distances of any point on an ellipse from two fixed points (called the foci) remains constant no matter where the point is on the curve.

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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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