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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 el·lip·ti·cal /ɪˈlɪptɪkəl, ɛ-/

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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]