elliptical

[ih-lip-ti-kuhl]
adjective Also, elliptic.
1.
pertaining to or having the form of an ellipse.
2.
pertaining to or marked by grammatical ellipsis.
3.
(of speech or writing) expressed with extreme or excessive economy; relieved of irrelevant matter: to converse in elliptical sentences.
4.
(of a style of speaking or writing) tending to be ambiguous, cryptic, or obscure: an elliptical prose that is difficult to translate.
noun
5.
Astronomy, elliptical galaxy.

Origin:
1650–60; < Greek elleiptik(ós) defective (see ellipsis, -tic) + -al1

ellipticalness, noun
nonelliptic, adjective
nonelliptical, adjective
nonelliptically, adverb
overelliptical, adjective
overelliptically, adverb
subelliptic, adjective
subelliptical, adjective
unelliptical, adjective
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elliptical (ɪˈlɪptɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  relating to or having the shape of an ellipse
2.  relating to or resulting from ellipsis
3.  of speech, literary style, etc
 a.  very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous
 b.  circumlocutory or long-winded
 
usage  The use of elliptical to mean circumlocutory should be avoided as it may be interpreted wrongly as meaning condensed or concise
 
el'liptically
 
adv
 
el'lipticalness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

elliptic
1726, from Gk. elleiptikos, from elleipein (see ellipsis).

elliptical
1650s, elliptic in shape, from elliptic. Grammatical sense of missing essential words or phrases is recorded from 1778 (see ellipsis).
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Example sentences
We know that local gravitation renders its local geometry elliptic, with
  positive curvature.
But the series of meetings was conducted in an atmosphere of elliptic
  generalities.
There is something in gauge theory called the elliptic sequence.
All the leaves that stand above the water are lanceolate to elliptic to ovate.
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