El*lip"sis (?), n.; pl. Ellipses (#). [L., fr. Gr. a leaving, defect, fr. to leave in fall short; in + to leave. See In, and Loan, and cf. Ellipse.]

1. Gram.

Omission; a figure of syntax, by which one or more words, which are obviously understood, are omitted; as, the virtues I admire, for, the virtues which I admire.

2. Geom.

An ellipse.



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