Elliptic

Definition of Elliptic

El`lip´tic
a.1.Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.
The planets move in elliptic orbits.
- Cheyne.
The billiard sharp who any one catches,
His doom's extremely hard -
He's made to dwell
In a dungeon cell
On a spot that's always barred.
And there he plays extravagant matches
In fitless finger-stalls
On a cloth untrue
With a twisted cue
And elliptical billiard balls!
- Gilbert and Sullivan (The Mikado: The More Humane Mikado Song
2.Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.
3.leaving out information essential to comprehension; so concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or ambiguous; - of speech or writing; as, an elliptical comment.
Elliptic chuck
See under Chuck.
Elliptic compasses
an instrument arranged for drawing ellipses.
Elliptic function
(Math.) See Function.
Elliptic integral
(Math.) See Integral.
Elliptic polarization
See under Polarization.

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