[ ih-lip-sis ]
/ ɪˈlɪp sɪs /
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noun, plural el·lip·ses [ih-lip-seez]. /ɪˈlɪp siz/.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Printing. a mark or marks as ——, …, or * * *, to indicate an omission or suppression of letters or words.
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Origin of ellipsis

1560–70; <Latin ellīpsis<Greek élleipsis an omission, equivalent to el- (variant of en-en-2) + leip- (stem of leípein to leave) + -sis-sis
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British Dictionary definitions for ellipsis

/ (ɪˈlɪpsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Also called: eclipsis omission of parts of a word or sentence
printing a sequence of three dots (…) indicating an omission in text

Word Origin for ellipsis

C16: from Latin, from Greek elleipsis omission, from elleipein to leave out, from leipein to leave
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Cultural definitions for ellipsis

[ (i-lip-sis) ]

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....”

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