a. the ommission from a sentence or other construction of one or more words that would complete or clarify the construction, as the omission of who are, while I am, or while we are from I like to interview people sitting down.
b. the ommission of one or more items from a construction in order to avoid repeating the identical or equivalent items that are in a preceding or following construction, as the omission of been to Paris from the second clause of I've been to Paris, but they haven't.
A mark or marks as --, ...., or ***, to indicate an omission or suppression of letters or words.
[Latin ellīpsis, from Greek elleipsis, from elleipein, to fall short; see ellipse.]
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