ellipsis

[ ih-lip-sis ]
/ ɪˈlɪp sɪs /

noun, plural el·lip·ses [ih-lip-seez] /ɪˈlɪp siz/.

Grammar.
  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.

Nearby words

  1. ellington,
  2. ellington, duke,
  3. elliot's operation,
  4. elliott,
  5. ellipse,
  6. ellipsograph,
  7. ellipsoid,
  8. ellipsoid of revolution,
  9. ellipsoidal,
  10. ellipsoidal joint

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

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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Word Origin and History for ellipsis

ellipsis

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for ellipsis

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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