Meaning of ELLIPSIS in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ i-ˈlip-səs, e- ]


( plural el·lip·ses -ˌsēz)

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


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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