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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:Integral \In"te*gral\, n.
1. A whole; an entire thing; a whole number; an individual.
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2. (Math.) An expression which, being differentiated, will
produce a given differential. See differential
Differential, and Integration. Cf. Fluent.
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Elliptic integral, one of an important class of integrals,
occurring in the higher mathematics; -- so called because
one of the integrals expresses the length of an arc of an
ellipse.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:Elliptic \El*lip"tic\, Elliptical \El*lip"tic*al\, a. [Gr. ?:
cf. F. elliptique. See Ellipsis.]
1. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an
ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.
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The planets move in elliptic orbits.  --Cheyne.
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The billiard sharp who any one catches,
His doom's extremely hard
In a dungeon cell
On a spot that's always barred.
And there he plays extravagant matches
In fitless finger-stalls
On a cloth untrue
With a twisted cue
And elliptical billiard balls!
--Gilbert and
Sullivan (The
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2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.
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3. leaving out information essential to comprehension; so
concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or
ambiguous; -- of speech or writing; as, an elliptical
comment.
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Elliptic chuck. See under Chuck.

Elliptic compasses, an instrument arranged for drawing
ellipses.

Elliptic function. (Math.) See Function.

Elliptic integral. (Math.) See Integral.

Elliptic polarization. See under Polarization.
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