Origin of ellipse
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.
Origin of ellipsis
Related Words for ellipsestrajectory, rotation, pattern, path, arc, arch, contour, loop, apogee, track, curve, course, circle, locus, lap, round, cycle, perigee, ellipse, swerve
Examples from the Web for ellipses
Historical Examples of ellipses
Hence the probability that all the orbits are ellipses is overwhelming.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
By supplying the ellipses we can often discover the errors in a sentence, if there are any.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Man forms the idea of an ellipse, and ascertains the laws of ellipses.Christianity As A Mystical Fact
They are ovals, or, to speak in technical language, "ellipses."Astronomy of To-day
Cecil G. Dolmage
The book uses em-dashes as ellipses at the ends of sentences.The Making of a Prig
Word Origin for ellipse
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for ellipsis
1753, from French ellipse (17c.), from Latin ellipsis "ellipse," also, "a falling short, deficit," from Greek elleipsis (see ellipsis). So called because the conic section of the cutting plane makes a smaller angle with the base than does the side of the cone, hence, a "falling short." First applied by Apollonius of Perga (3c. B.C.E.).
1560s, "an ellipse," from Latin ellipsis, from Greek elleipsis "a falling short, defect, ellipse," from elleipein "to fall short, leave out," from en- "in" + leipein "to leave" (see relinquish). Grammatical sense first recorded 1610s.
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....”
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.