Definition of elliptic in English:


Syllabification: el·lip·tic
Pronunciation: /iˈliptik


  • Of, relating to, or having the form of an ellipse.
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    • Lechea minor can be easily distinguished from that species by its stems more than 5 cm tall, ovate to elliptic leaves and ovoid capsules.
    • Curves (such as the trigonometric polynomials of elliptic Fourier analysis) may be fit to such an outline, and then compared through statistical analysis of their parameters.
    • The theorem holds in spherical and elliptic geometry.


early 18th century: from Greek elleiptikos 'defective', from elleipein 'leave out, fall short'.

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