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Ellipsis  n.  (pl. ellipses)  
(Gram.) Omission; a figure of syntax, by which one or more words, which are obviously understood, are omitted; as, the virtues I admire, for, the virtues which I admire.
(Geom.) An ellipse. (Obs.)
(Printing) A printing symbol, usually three periods in a row (....), indicating the omission of some part of a text; used commonly in quotations, so as to suppress words not essential to the meaning. A long dash ( -) and three asterisks (* * *) are sometimes used with the same meaning.

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"Ellipsis" Quotes from Famous Books

... made a fierce gesture which supplied the ellipsis to his companion: but the latter had little wish to pursue such a theme, and he diverted the conversation into another channel, resuming a topic which had been once ...
— Walladmor: - And Now Freely Translated from the German into English. - In Two Volumes. Vol. I. • Thomas De Quincey

... fire that evening and I read while Janet knitted. Between my eyes and the printed page there kept rising a vision—a vision of black crust, with winking red embers smoldering along its broken edges. I found it distracting in the extreme.{HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS} ...
— More Jonathan Papers • Elisabeth Woodbridge

... Providence has endowed you with health and strength, instead of which you go about the country stealing ducks." Providence has endowed John Arthur Roebuck, member of the Parliament of Great Britain, with fair talents and some power of speech, instead of which (to use the accurate judicial ellipsis) he goes about using violent and vulgar words of menace against those who have never offended him, and scattering firebrands as if there were no gun-powder anywhere to ignite and explode. This would be a mean and mischievous occupation for the dullest man; ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI. - A Magazine Of Literature, Art, And Politics • Various

... has been transliterated within brackets "{}" using an Oxford English Dictionary alphabet table. Diacritical marks have been lost. Phoenician or other Semitic text has been replaced with an ellipsis in brackets, i.e. "{...}". ...
— History of Phoenicia • George Rawlinson

Words linked to "Ellipsis" :   deletion

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