- 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.
- Astronomy. elliptical galaxy.
Origin of elliptical
- 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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Examples from the Web for elliptical
“I would go with yoga, light weight training or some elliptical,” he says.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
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My wife, at least, enjoys watching me flail about on our elliptical.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free
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The same goes for the elliptical machine hunger strike, which also comes off as tonally deficient, to say the least.
The detainees then stage a five-day hunger strike, demanding an elliptical machine for the prison yard (which is granted).
Perhaps using a variety of workouts—maybe one day of elliptical, another day riding a bike, and then a run?The Behavioral Economics of Your New Year’s Resolutions
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Struts (also of spruce, as is all the framework) are elliptical in shape.Flying Machines
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Upon these arches is raised what has been called an elliptical dome.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
The spores are elliptical, pale-ochraceous, sub-transparent, 10–126–7.
The spores are elliptical, 126., and black, falling away in drops.
The spores are ochraceous-brown, oblong or elliptical, 8–104–5.
- relating to or having the shape of an ellipse
- relating to or resulting from ellipsis
- (of speech, literary style, etc)
- very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous
- circumlocutory or long-winded
Also (for senses 1, 2): elliptic
The use of elliptical to mean circumlocutory should be avoided as it may be interpreted wrongly as meaning condensed or concise
Word Origin and History for elliptical
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