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English definition of “elliptical”

elliptical

adjective uk   /ɪˈlɪp.tɪ.kəl/ us  

elliptical adjective (SHAPE)

(also elliptic) having an oval shapeProperties of circles and curves

elliptical adjective (LANGUAGE)

formal Elliptical language has parts missing, so that it is sometimes difficult to understand: His message was written in a deliberately elliptical style.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
elliptically
adverb uk   /-i/ formal us  
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