Ellipse Definition

ĭ-lĭps
ellipses
noun
ellipses
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.
Webster's New World
A plane curve, especially:
American Heritage
Ellipsis.
American Heritage
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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verb

(grammar) To remove from a phrase a word which is grammatically needed, but which is clearly understood without having to be stated.

In B's response to A's question:- (A: Would you like to go out?, B: I'd love to), the ellipsed words are go out.
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Other Word Forms of Ellipse

Noun

Singular:
ellipse
Plural:
ellipses

Origin of Ellipse

  • French from Latin ellīpsis from Greek elleipsis a falling short, ellipse from elleipein to fall short (from the relationship between the line joining the vertices of a conic and the line through the focus and parallel to the directrix of a conic) en- in en–2 leipein to leave leikw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French ellipse.

    From Wiktionary

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