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Ellipsis Definition

Refers to any omitted part of speech that is understood; i.e. the omission is intentional. Analogously, in printing and writing, the term refers to the row of three dots (...) or asterisks (* * *) indicating such an intentional omission.

Ellipsis Poem Example

"Four years later…,"

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Other Ellipsis Definition

[n] omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences



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deletion, omission

Misc. Definitions

\El*lip"sis\, n.; pl. {Ellipses}. [L., fr. Gr. ? a leaving, defect, fr. ? to leave in fall short; ? in + ? to leave. See {In}, and {Loan}, and cf. {Ellipse}.]
1. (Gram.) Omission; a figure of syntax, by which one or more words, which are obviously understood, are omitted; as, the virtues I admire, for, the virtues which I admire.
2. (Geom.) An ellipse. [Obs.]

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