- 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.
- Printing. a mark or marks as ——, …, or * * *, to indicate an omission or suppression of letters or words.
Origin of ellipsis
Related Words for ellipsisallegory, allusion, analogy, anticlimax, antithesis, bathos, comparison, conceit, device, euphemism, euphuism, exaggeration, expression, flourish, flower, hyperbole, image, imagery, irony, metaphor
Examples from the Web for ellipsis
Contemporary Examples of 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.Rick Perry on the Record
August 12, 2011
Historical Examples of ellipsis
An oval is never mistaken for a circle, nor an hyperbola for an ellipsis.
He left the ellipsis to be filled in by the corpulent blackguard's intelligence.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
It's no good having an Ellipsis, if they don't keep it clean.A Tangled Tale
Supply the ellipsis, and we have, "Whether he is there or no there."The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
"As soon as I've seen—" and a significant nod supplied the ellipsis.Warrior Gap
- 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
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.
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....”