Definition of ellipsis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɪpsɪs/

noun (plural ellipses /ɪˈlɪpsiːz/)

1The omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues: it is very rare for an ellipsis to occur without a linguistic antecedent [mass noun]: an example of ellipsis
More example sentences
  • O'Connor gives both analyses (intransitive verb and ellipsis of the object), and I think that the second one is probably right and the first one is probably not.
  • As Barbara suggests, if we change Representative Obey's ‘than it was’ to ‘than it did’ then his verb-phrase ellipsis makes sense.
  • There are some odd ellipses mixed in with the re-orderings.
1.1A set of dots (...) indicating an ellipsis.
Example sentences
  • There are no ellipses or brackets indicating that substantive edits have been made to the interview transcript.
  • However, an ellipsis indicates the omission of words which clearly show that the complete passage by Inglis Clark had nothing whatever to do with retrospective laws.
  • The ellipsis is include to indicate the presence of the dramatic and disturbing pause.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek elleipsis, from elleipein 'leave out'.

Words that rhyme with ellipsis

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