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 ellipsis
But I noticed that when you quoted this section on page 116, you left “general welfare” out and put an ellipsis in its place.
The Commentator has enabled us to supply the ellipsis, but he does not fully explain the author's meaning.Hindu Law and Judicature|Yjnavalkya
The next group of four periods is composed of three periods for the ellipsis and one period for the end-mark of the sentence.Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
The Circle squared; together with the Ellipsis and several reflections on it.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)|Augustus De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for ellipsis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for ellipsis
Word Origin and History for ellipsis
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.
Culture 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....”