Origin of ellipse
Definition for ellipses (2 of 2)
noun, plural el·lip·ses [ih-lip-seez] /ɪˈlɪp siz/.
- the omission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words that would complete or clarify the construction, as the omission of who are, while I am, or while we are from I like to interview people sitting down.
- the omission of one or more items from a construction in order to avoid repeating the identical or equivalent items that are in a preceding or following construction, as the omission of been to Paris from the second clause of I've been to Paris, but they haven't.
Examples from the Web for ellipses
Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation and ellipses in the original have been preserved.One Man's Initiation--1917|John Dos Passos
All the planets and their satellites move in ellipses of such small eccentricity that they are nearly circles.History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science|John William Draper
How shall we interpret the marks indicating the three ellipses in the above sentence?Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
Their orbits have ever since been ellipses with their aphelia in groups corresponding to the distances of the planets concerned.Astronomy|David Todd
As described in the end notes, ellipses occasionally are used typographically to elide names.Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
British Dictionary definitions for ellipses (1 of 2)
Word Origin for ellipse
British Dictionary definitions for ellipses (2 of 2)
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for ellipsis
Science definitions for ellipses
Culture definitions for ellipses (1 of 2)
A punctuation mark (...) used most often within quotations to indicate that something has been left out. For example, if we leave out parts of the above definition, it can read: “A punctuation mark (...) used most often ... to indicate....”
Culture definitions for ellipses (2 of 2)
In geometry, a curve traced out by a point that is required to move so that the sum of its distances from two fixed points (called foci) remains constant. If the foci are identical with each other, the ellipse is a circle; if the two foci are distinct from each other, the ellipse looks like a squashed or elongated circle.