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[ih-lip-soid-l, el-ip-, ee-lip-] /ɪ lɪpˈsɔɪd l, ˌɛl ɪp-, ˌi lɪp-/
pertaining to or having the form of an ellipsoid.
Origin of ellipsoidal
1825-35; ellipsoid + -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was elongated during the spreading of the graben and evolved from a circular to an ellipsoidal form.
  • The deflection of the vertical is the departure of a plumb bob's actual pointing from the ellipsoidal normal direction.
  • ellipsoidal height is the sum of elevation and geoid height.
  • At maturity, beaked, ellipsoidal capsules fill with minute seeds.
  • Accuracy of ellipsoidal heights determined by these observations vary, and are sometimes less than third-order.

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