Definitions:Having the form of an ellipse; approaching the form of an ellipse; defective; having a part understood.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Usage examples:With a straight stem, an elliptic stern, two huge funnels, and a couple of pole- masts- intended more for signalling purposes than for canvas- the Campania looks thoroughly business- like, and has none of the over- elaborated get- up of the Great Eastern, with her double system of propulsion and small forest of masts.
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