# Elliptic function

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Elliptic function
Elliptic El*lip"tic, Elliptical 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. [1913 Webster]

The planets move in elliptic orbits. --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

The billiard sharp who any one catches, His doom's extremely hard He's made to dwell In a dungeon cell On a spot that's always barred. And there he plays extravagant matches In fitless finger-stalls On a cloth untrue With a twisted cue And elliptical billiard balls! --Gilbert and Sullivan (The Mikado: The More Humane Mikado Song)

2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase. [1913 Webster]

3. leaving out information essential to comprehension; so concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or ambiguous; -- of speech or writing; as, an elliptical comment. [PJC]

{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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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• Elliptic — El*lip tic, Elliptical 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. [1913 Webster] The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• Elliptic chuck — Elliptic El*lip tic, Elliptical 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. [1913 Webster] The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• Elliptic compasses — Elliptic El*lip tic, Elliptical 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. [1913 Webster] The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• Elliptic integral — Elliptic El*lip tic, Elliptical 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. [1913 Webster] The planets move in elliptic orbits. Cheyne …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English