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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Plural of ellipse: An elongated circle.

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Used as a noun, listen here, it means: Plural of ellipse: An elongated circle. Used as a noun, listen here, it means: Plural of ellipsis: the sign (...) used in writing to show that some words have deliberately been left out of a sentence.

Usage examples (37)
  • Here eyeglasses looked liked two ellipses.
  • Newton figured out that planets move in ellipses without much help from angels,
  • I have issues with Terry and his tactics, but Paresky's misuse of ellipses is pathetic.
  • Take this one (and the ellipses are the Post's): 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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