Definition of ellipsis in English:

ellipsis

Line breaks: el¦lip|sis
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɪpsɪs
 
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noun (plural ellipses /-siːz/)

  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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