What does the word elliptical mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Jules Verne
  3. He studies the path of a second planet, and finds that this also travels along an elliptical orbit. – Rudolph Eucken by Abel J. Jones