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elliptical

[ih-lip-ti-kuh l]
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adjective Also el·lip·tic.
  1. pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse.
  2. pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.
  3. (of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of irrelevant matter: to converse in elliptical sentences.
  4. (of a style of speaking or writing) tending to be ambiguous, cryptic, or obscure: an elliptical prose that is difficult to translate.
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noun
  1. Astronomy. elliptical galaxy.
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Origin of elliptical

1650–60; < Greek elleiptik(ós) defective (see ellipsis, -tic) + -al1
Related formsel·lip·ti·cal·ness, nounnon·el·lip·tic, adjectivenon·el·lip·ti·cal, adjectivenon·el·lip·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·el·lip·ti·cal, adjectiveo·ver·el·lip·ti·cal·ly, adverbsub·el·lip·tic, adjectivesub·el·lip·ti·cal, adjectiveun·el·lip·ti·cal, adjective

elliptical trainer

noun
  1. 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.
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Also called elliptical, elliptical machine.
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British Dictionary definitions for elliptical

elliptical

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

usage

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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Word Origin and History for elliptical

adj.

1650s, "elliptic in shape;" see elliptic + -al (1). Grammatical sense of "missing essential words or phrases" is recorded from 1778 (see ellipsis). Related: Elliptically.

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