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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A curved shape like a circle, but with two slightly longer and flatter sides. A figure that looks like a narrow or flattened circle.

Usage examples (36)
  • Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.
  • The sums of the distances from the foci to any point on an ellipse is constant
  • The ellipse is a curve which can be readily constructed.
  • In the middle of the ellipse, which is 895x741 feet, stands the obelisk, for more
Tutoring comment
  • Her report explaining the "ellipse" (a mathematical curve) managed to "eclipse" (overpower) the work of the others, although it contained an "ellipsis" (an omission of words; plural: "ellipses").
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