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 "elliptical":

  1. They are simple earth- pyramids, sometimes elliptical or pear- shaped, and vary in height from six to eighty feet. - "A Manual of the Antiquity of Man", J. P. MacLean.
  2. His sharp eye had noticed that the base of the Projectile, instead of keeping rigidly perpendicular to the lunar surface, turned away a little, so as to render the elliptical orbit somewhat elongated. - "All Around the Moon", Jules Verne.
  3. He studies the path of a second planet, and finds that this also travels along an elliptical orbit. - "Rudolph Eucken", Abel J. Jones.