Meaning of ELLIPSIS in English


Pronunciation: i- ' lip-s ə s, e-

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural el · lip · ses \ - ˌ s ē z \

Etymology: Latin, from Greek elleipsis ellipsis, ellipse, from elleipein to leave out, fall short, from en in + leipein to leave ― more at IN , LOAN

Date: 1540

1 a : the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete b : a sudden leap from one topic to another

2 : marks or a mark (as ⋯ ) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause

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