- Word Combinations (adjective)
|part of speech:
||of, pertaining to, or in the form of an ellipse.
The planets move in an elliptical orbit around the sun.
- similar words:
||pertaining to, containing, or characterized by grammatical ellipsis.
||pertaining to economy of oral or written expression.
||tending toward or characterized by an economy of expression that creates ambiguity or obscurity, often purposefully.
In Macbeth, the witches' elliptical utterance, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair," is a puzzling warning about good and evil in the play.
||brief, cryptic, eccentric, round
||elliptic (adj.), elliptically (adv.)