ellipticalness, n.
/i lip"ti keuhl/, adj. 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.
5. Astron. See elliptical galaxy.
[1650-60; < Gk elleiptik(ós) defective (see ELLIPSIS, -TIC) + -AL1]

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