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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elliptic  \El*lip"tic\,  Elliptical  \El*lip"tic*al\,  a.  [Gr.  ?: 
  cf  F.  elliptique  See  {Ellipsis}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  an  ellipse;  having  the  form  of  an 
  ellipse;  oblong,  with  rounded  ends 
 
  The  planets  move  in  elliptic  orbits.  --Cheyne. 
 
  2.  Having  a  part  omitted;  as  an  elliptical  phrase. 
 
  {Elliptic  chuck}.  See  under  {Chuck}. 
 
  {Elliptic  compasses},  an  instrument  arranged  for  drawing 
  ellipses. 
 
  {Elliptic  function}.  (Math.)  See  {Function}. 
 
  {Elliptic  integral}.  (Math.)  See  {Integral}. 
 
  {Elliptic  polarization}.  See  under  {Polarization}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elliptical 
  adj  1:  containing  or  characterized  by  ellipsis;  "the  clause  of 
  comparison  is  often  elliptical"-  G.O.Curme  [syn:  {elliptic}] 
  2:  rounded  like  an  egg  [syn:  {egg-shaped},  {elliptic},  {oval}, 
  {ovate},  {oviform},  {ovoid},  {prolate}] 
  3:  characterized  by  extreme  economy  of  expression  or  omission 
  of  superfluous  elements;  "the  dialogue  is  elliptic  and 
  full  of  dark  hints";  "the  explanation  was  concise,  even 
  elliptical  to  the  verge  of  obscurity"-  H.O.Taylor  [syn:  {elliptic}] 




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