Definition/Meaning | Word/Phrase |
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ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point | circle |

shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes | ellipsoid of revolution , spheroid |

simple leaf shaped like an ellipse | elliptic leaf |

law stating that the orbit of each planet is an ellipse with the sun at one focus of the ellipse | Kepler's first law |

longest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid; passes through the two foci | major axis |

shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid | minor axis |

convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse | ovolo , quarter round , thumb |

one-half the major axis of an ellipse; the distance from the center of an ellipse to one end | semimajor axis |

one-half the minor axis of an ellipse | semiminor axis |

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