What does the word elliptic mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Oliver Lodge
  2. Leaves: Oval or elliptic, pointed, 3 to 5 in. – Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by 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 by A.C. Seward and Others