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elliptical

[ ih-lip-ti-kuh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF elliptical

Synonyms for elliptical

  • egg-shaped
  • ellipsoidal
  • oblong
  • ovoid
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ELLIPTICAL

Struts (also of spruce, as is all the framework) are elliptical in shape.

Upon these arches is raised what has been called an elliptical dome.

The spores are black and elliptical, and are shed in liquid drops.

The spores are elliptical, 126., and black, falling away in drops.

The spores are ochraceous-brown, oblong or elliptical, 8–104–5.

The spores are elliptical, pale-ochraceous, sub-transparent, 10–126–7.

Sporidia oblong, elliptical, with two or three minute nuclei.

The motto as it appeared on title pages of The Fable of the Bees was elliptical.

It had become vast and elliptical, and floated in at the reception-room door.

Elliptical, more than twice as long as wide, and evenly curved.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "elliptic in shape;" see elliptic + -al (1). Grammatical sense of "missing essential words or phrases" is recorded from 1778 (see ellipsis). Related: Elliptically.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ELLIPTICAL

curved

adjectivebowed, bent

globoid

adjectiveround
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