Meaning of “ellipse” in the English Dictionary


"ellipse" in English

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ellipsenoun [ C ]

uk /iˈlɪps/ us /iˈlɪps/

Examples from literature

  • I may now frame the idea of a mathematical circle, in which all diameters are precisely equal, in express contrast to the series of ellipses, with very unequal diameters, which the floundering hoop has illustrated in its career. 
  • The center of an ellipse is within the curve. 
  • The course was in the shape of an ellipse, with rather sharp turns at either end, where the contestants, if they did not want a spill, or a bad skid, must slacken their pace. 
  • The ellipse and the parabola have no asymptotes. 
  • Their ellipses elongate and flatten again to the semblance of circles. 

(Definition of “ellipse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ellipse" in American English

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ellipsenoun [ C ]

us /ɪˈlɪps/

geometry a curve in the shape of an oval

(Definition of “ellipse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)