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ELLIPSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ellipse mean? 

ELLIPSE (noun)
  The noun ELLIPSE has 1 sense:

1. a closed plane curve resulting from the intersection of a circular cone and a plane cutting completely through it

  Familiarity information: ELLIPSE used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELLIPSE (noun)


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Meaning:

A closed plane curve resulting from the intersection of a circular cone and a plane cutting completely through it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

ellipse; oval

Context example:

the sums of the distances from the foci to any point on an ellipse is constant

Hypernyms ("ellipse" is a kind of...):

conic; conic section ((geometry) a curve generated by the intersection of a plane and a circular cone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ellipse"):

circle (ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point)


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