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1. A shape like a stretched circle with slightly longer, flatter sides.
2. An oval or oblong figure, bounded by a regular curve, which corresponds to an oblique projection of a circle, or an oblique section of a cone through its opposite sides. The greatest diameter of the ellipse is the major axis, and the least diameter is the minor axis.
3. The elliptical orbit of a planet.
4. Omission, see ellipsis.
5. Etymology: from French ellipse, which came from Latin ellipsis, "ellipse"; also, "a falling short, deficit", from Greek elleipsis.
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