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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 El·lip·tic El·lip·tic·al a.
 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!
   --Gilbert and Sullivan (The Mikado: The More Humane Mikado Song)
 2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·te·gral, n.
 1. A whole; an entire thing; a whole number; an individual.
 2. Math. An expression which, being differentiated, will produce a given differential. See differential Differential, and Integration.  Cf. Fluent.
 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.