el·lip·ti·cal /ɪˈlɪptɪkəl, ɛ-/
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.
adj 1: containing or characterized by ellipsis; "the clause of
comparison is often elliptical"- G.O.Curme [syn: elliptic]
2: rounded like an egg [syn: egg-shaped, elliptic, oval,
ovate, oviform, ovoid, prolate]
3: 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]