Meaning of ELLIPSIS in English

-psə̇s noun

( plural ellip·ses -pˌsēz)

Etymology: Greek elleipsis, literally, condition of falling short, defect, from elleipein to leave in, leave out, fall short (from el- — from en in — + leipein to leave) + -sis — more at in , loan

1. : ellipse


[Latin, from Greek elleipsis ]


(1) : omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete (as in “all had turned out as expected” for “all had turned out as had been expected”)

fine examples of Shakespearean compression and ellipsis — F.R.Leavis

a writer … whose very syntax is warm with the ellipsis of spoken speech — Robert Phelps

uses ellipsis for poetic and comic effects — Times Literary Supplement

(2) : an instance of such omission : a grammatical construction marked by ellipsis

the poem's striking ellipses offer no impediment to the reader's ear

a crisp spare style abounding in ellipses

(3) : the practice or use of ellipsis

a writer much given to ellipsis

b. : omission of an element (as from a train of thought or a speech) either fortuitously or for artistic effect : a leap or sudden passage without logical connectives, from one topic to another

a complicated recital … full of grunts and ellipses — Hamilton Basso

ellipsis of both syntax and sense — Robert Browning

3. : marks or a mark (as … or *** or ———) showing omission of letters, words, or other material — compare suspension periods

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