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elliptic Syllabification: el·lip·tic
Pronunciation: /iˈliptik/

Definition of elliptic in English:


Of, relating to, or having the form of an ellipse.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with elliptic

apocalyptic, cryptic, diptych, glyptic, styptic, triptych
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