1. in the form of an ellipse.
  2. in an elliptical manner; by an ellipse.
  3. with great economy of words or expression; concisely: to speak elliptically.
  4. without sufficient transition or a logical connection between thoughts, ideas, or expressions; ambiguously or cryptically: to jump elliptically from generalities to specifics.

Origin of elliptically

First recorded in 1810–20; elliptical + -ly
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