elliptically

[ih-lip-tik-lee]
adverb
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:
1810–20; elliptical + -ly

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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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Example sentences
The metal rail consists of a short section of an elliptically shaped steel tube welded atop a post fabricated from steel plate.
Rather it must be inferred elliptically from other investigations of students who disengage, dropout, or are alienated.
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