adjective Also el·lip·tic.
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Example sentences from the Web for elliptical
The female has two breasts, rather elliptic than round, placed near the arm-pits.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Immersed in a subject with which they were all familiar, they were allusive, elliptic, and persistently technical.The Riddle of the Sands|Erskine Childers
It is elliptic; revisere being understood, or some similar word.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)|Thomas De Quincey
Planet, plan′et, n. one of the bodies in the solar system which revolve in elliptic orbits round the sun.
Like the functions sine and cosine, the elliptic functions have addition theorems, e.g.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
British Dictionary definitions for elliptical
- very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous
- circumlocutory or long-winded