[syn: elliptic, elliptical]
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.
The planets move in elliptic orbits. --Cheyne.
The billiard sharp who any one catches,
His doom's extremely hard
He's made to dwell
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!
2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.
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
Elliptic chuck. See under Chuck.
Elliptic compasses, an instrument arranged for drawing
Elliptic function. (Math.) See Function.
Elliptic integral. (Math.) See Integral.
Elliptic polarization. See under Polarization.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: rounded like an egg [syn: egg-shaped, elliptic,
elliptical, oval, oval-shaped, ovate, oviform,
2: characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of
superfluous elements; "the dialogue is elliptic and full of
dark hints"; "the explanation was concise, even elliptical to
the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor [syn: elliptic,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "elliptical":
Spartan, abbreviated, abridged, abstracted, aposiopestic,
bell-like, bell-shaped, bobbed, brief, brusque, campaniform,
campanular, campanulate, capsule, capsulized, clipped, close,
compact, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed, contracted,
crisp, cropped, curt, curtailed, cut, cut short, digested, docked,
elided, ellipsoid, elliptic, elongated, epigrammatic, gnomic,
laconic, mowed, mown, nipped, oblong, oblongated, oblongitudinal,
parabolic, pithy, pointed, pollard, polled, pruned, reaped,
rectangular, reserved, saucer-shaped, sententious, shaved, sheared,
short, short and sweet, short-cut, shortened, snub, snubbed,
succinct, summary, synopsized, taciturn, terse, tight,
to the point, trimmed, truncated