elliptical

[ ih-lip-ti-kuh l ]
/ ɪˈlɪp tɪ kəl /

adjective Also el·lip·tic.

pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse.
pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.
(of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of irrelevant matter: to converse in elliptical sentences.
(of a style of speaking or writing) tending to be ambiguous, cryptic, or obscure: an elliptical prose that is difficult to translate.

noun

Astronomy. elliptical galaxy.

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Origin of elliptical

1650–60; < Greek elleiptik(ós) defective (see ellipsis, -tic) + -al1

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Definition for elliptical (2 of 2)

elliptical trainer

noun

an exercise machine like a stationary bike without a seat, so that exercising is done in an upright position, and having pedals that the user moves in an elliptical pattern, believed to minimize strain on the knee joints.
Also called elliptical, elliptical machine.
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British Dictionary definitions for elliptical

elliptical
/ (ɪˈlɪptɪkəl) /

adjective

relating to or having the shape of an ellipse
relating to or resulting from ellipsis
(of speech, literary style, etc)
  1. very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous
  2. circumlocutory or long-winded
Also (for senses 1, 2): elliptic

Derived forms of elliptical

elliptically, adverbellipticalness, noun

usage for elliptical

The use of elliptical to mean circumlocutory should be avoided as it may be interpreted wrongly as meaning condensed or concise
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