Definition of Ellipsis

1. Noun. Omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences.

Exact synonyms: Eclipsis
Generic synonyms: Deletion, Omission

Definition of Ellipsis

1. n. 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.

Definition of Ellipsis

1. Noun. (context: typography) A mark consisting of three periods, historically with spaces in between, before, and after them “ . . . ”, nowadays a single character “…” (used in printing to indicate an omission). ¹

2. Noun. (grammar rhetoric) The omission of a grammatically required word or phrase that can be inferred. ¹

3. Noun. (context: film) The omission of scenes in a film that do not advance the plot. ¹

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Definition of Ellipsis

1. an omission of a word or words in a sentence [n -LIPSES]

Medical Definition of Ellipsis

1. Origin: L, fr. Gr. A leaving, defect, fr. To leave in fall short; in + to leave. See In, and Loan, and cf. Ellipse. 1. 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. An ellipse. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ellipsis

ellagic acid
ellipsis (current term)
ellipsoid of revolution
ellipsoidal joint

Literary usage of Ellipsis

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1. The Life of John Locke: With Extracts from His Correspondence, Journals, and by Peter King King (1830)
"If from either focus of any ellipsis unto any point in the perimeter of the ellipsis be drawn a right line, and another right line do touch the ellipsis in ..."

2. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners : with an by Lindley Murray (1811)
"To avoid disagreeable repetitions, and to express our ideas in few words, an ellipsis, or omission of some words, is frequently admitted. ..."

3. Historical Outlines of English Syntax by Leon Kellner (1905)
"ellipsis is a kind of compensation for the slowness of speech, ... The term ellipsis, which has played such an important part in old descriptive grammars, ..."

4. English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms ; with a by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"ellipsis is the omission of some word or words necessary to the full construction of a ... When the ellipsis would obscure the sentence or weaken its force, ..."

5. An Advanced English Grammar: With Exercises by George Lyman Kittredge, Frank Edgar Farley (1913)
"Explain the ellipsis in each sentence. 2. Supply the word or words omitted in each of the elliptical sentences in § 533 (p. 226). Explain the ellipsis in ..."

6. The Operative Mechanic, and British Machinist: Being a Practical Display of by John Nicholson (1825)
"From N, through M and L draw NH and NI ; then M, L, N, O, are the four centres by which the four quarters of the ellipsis are drawn. ..."

7. A New and Complete System of Arithmetick: Composed for the Use of the by Nicolas Pike, Chester Dewey (1822)
"An ellipsis, or oval, is a curve which returns into itself like a circle, ... Multiply the two diameters of the ellipsis together; then multiplying the ..."

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