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elliptical Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite rounded like an egg
    oval-shaped; prolate; ovate; ovoid; elliptic; oval; egg-shaped; oviform.
  2. adjective satellite characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements
    • the dialogue is elliptic and full of dark hints
    • the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor

El*lip"tic, El*lip"tic*al adjective (Also<
  • Elliptic
  • Elliptical
Gr. : cf. F. elliptique. See Ellipsis.
  1. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.
    The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne.
  2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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