1(Of speech or writing) using or involving ellipsis, especially so as to be difficult to understand: elliptical colloquial exchanges she had completely misunderstood his elliptical declaration
More example sentences
- At times, elliptical speech or writing is so concise that listeners and readers must supply missing elements through guesswork or special knowledge, and if they cannot, they fail to understand.
- In each case, elliptical writing conveys too little.
- I know about than the preposition vs. than the introducer of elliptical clauses, but this example took me (intuitively, not analytically) aback.
2 another term for elliptic.
- Its elliptical paraboloid shape was selected because it could be easily described mathematically, simplifying both design and construction.
- He guessed that the original cutting stylus was defective and so he tried a custom-made reproducing stylus, instead of the usual conical or elliptical styli.
- The north face of the building is concave, completing the elliptical pattern that begins in the courtyard.
- Example sentences
- As he moved from protest singer to surrealistic prophet, from born-again Christian to born-again Jew, Dylan's life and music registered, however unwillingly or elliptically, his times.
- I've been interviewing various players in this little drama for some time now - something I've alluded to elliptically in a few posts over the last couple months.
- By combining a weak horizontal magnetic field with a strong vertical magnetic field, we can extract light that is elliptically polarized.
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