"To ellipt" is a formal term
in the study of grammar
), meaning to omit one or more word
s from a sentence
. It is a back-formation
from the noun
", meaning (in the context of grammar) the omission of words that would otherwise be required in a sentence
. "ellipt" is a relatively recent word, and older texts would tend to use the verb
Example of ellipsis:
-- Are you the person who stole the sweets?
-- Yes, I am ^.
Here the caret
(^) indicates where the noun phrase
"the person who stole the sweets" is ellipted.
Example of use of the word "ellipt":
"The accusative of exclamation is best thought of as a figure of speech that ellipts, or leaves out, the verb that would, except for the impetuous impatience of the speaker, be spoken." --