ellipse

Part of speech: noun

An oval.

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Usage examples "ellipse":

  1. This is an ellipse of about sixty yards long by forty- five wide; it is surrounded by mounds twenty feet high. - "A Cotswold Village", J. Arthur Gibbs.
  2. It is in the form of a flat ellipse, elongated to a sort of tail at the holding end, and short- pointed at the projecting end; a kangaroo's claw or wild dog's tooth is firmly fixed by gum and gut- strings. - "Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1", Ernest Giles.
  3. Moreover, when a planet possesses a satellite, it is not the centre of the planet which ever attempts to describe the Keplerian ellipse, but it is the common centre of gravity of the two bodies. - "Pioneers of Science", Oliver Lodge.