The word elliptical is derived from the oval shape known as an ellipse. Many comets have an elliptical orbit around the Sun that brings them closer at some times and farther away at others.

The adjective elliptical refers to the shape of an ellipse, which is an elongated circle, stretched into an oval. This word can also be used to describe a way of speaking that cuts out extra, unnecessary language. When writers use an elliptical style, it sometimes makes the work obscure and hard to interpret.

Definitions of elliptical

adj rounded like an egg

egg-shaped, elliptic, oval, oval-shaped, ovate, oviform, ovoid, prolate
curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged

adj characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements

“"the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor”
expressing much in few words

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