What does the word ellipse mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • An oval.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Oliver Lodge