- ellicott city,
- ellington, duke,
- elliot's operation,
- ellipsoid of revolution,
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
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
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.