Part of speech: adjective

Of, pertaining to, or like an ellipse.

Part of speech: adjective

Characterized by ellipsis; shortened.

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Usage examples "elliptic":

  1. Within the limited sphere of the earth's predominant attraction, for instance, extending some way beyond the moon, we may have a number of satellites that we never see, all revolving regularly in elliptic orbits round the earth. - "Pioneers of Science", Oliver Lodge.
  2. Leaves: Oval or elliptic, pointed, 3 to 5 in. - "Wild Flowers Worth Knowing", Neltje Blanchan et al.
  3. This difference is found to reside in the fact that the equator, which in the planetary family has hitherto been circular in section, tends to become elliptic. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.