El*lip"tic (?), El*lip"tic*al (?), a. [Gr. : cf. F. elliptique. See Ellipsis.]

1.

Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.

The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne.

2.

Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.

Elliptic chuck. See under Chuck. -- Elliptic compasses, an instrument arranged for drawing ellipses. -- Elliptic function. Math. See Function. -- Elliptic integral. Math. See Integral. -- Elliptic polarization. See under Polarization.

 

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