1. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends. "The planets move in elliptic orbits." (Cheyne)

2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase. Elliptic chuck. See Chuck. Elliptic compasses, an instrument arranged for drawing ellipses. Elliptic function.

<mathematics> See Integral. Elliptic polarization. See Polarization.

Origin: Gr., cf. F. Elliptique. See Ellipsis.

(01 Mar 1998)