What does the word ellipsis mean?

Usage examples for ellipsis

  1. Almost all the irregularities in the construction of any language have arisen from the ellipsis of some words which were originally inserted in the sentence and made it regular. – Slips of Speech by John H. Bechtel
  2. He left the ellipsis to be filled in by the corpulent blackguard's intelligence. – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
  3. Sensible though she was of the ellipsis, and afraid it would never be filled in if she interrupted, Sofia could not help uttering a sound of regret and pity for the lot of the mother she had never seen, whose untimely death had ended a life accounted unendurable as Victor's wife, for reasons unknown but none the less, to the daughter, vaguely and lamentably understandable. – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance