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.
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How to use ellipsis in a sentence
Kepler’s laws of orbital motion tell us that planets orbit their host stars following ellipses.We’re the Cosmic 1 Percent But Our Solar System Isn’t a Complete Weirdo - Facts So Romantic|Sean Raymond|January 5, 2021|Nautilus
For instance, the giant planets’ orbits are not circles, but modestly stretched out ellipses.The Sight of Jupiter and Saturn Together Is a Beautiful Thing - Facts So Romantic|Sean Raymond & Sebastiaan Krijt|December 21, 2020|Nautilus
In fact, he showed how all motions in the heavens were versions of circles, ellipses, hyperbolas and parabolas.
But I noticed that when you quoted this section on page 116, you left “general welfare” out and put an ellipsis in its place.
With this reading, left (l. 22) would be taken as an ellipsis for being left; with the emended reading, for was left.The Fatal Dowry|Philip Massinger
"As soon as I've seen—" and a significant nod supplied the ellipsis.Warrior Gap|Charles King
A row of asterisks represents an ellipsis in a poetry quotation.
The remaining points connected with the syntax of substantives, are chiefly points of ellipsis.
The preceding examples illustrate an apparent paradox, viz., the fact of pleonasm and ellipsis being closely allied.
British Dictionary definitions for ellipsis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for ellipsis
Cultural definitions for ellipsis
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....”