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eclipsis

Definition:

omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences

Class:

process noun (natural processes)

Plural:

eclipses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

ellipsis

Etymology:

"an ellipse", from Latin ellipsis, from Greek elleipsis "a falling short,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Irish initial mutations

Irish, like all modern Celtic languages, is characterized by its initial consonant mutations. These mutations affect the initial consonant of a word under specific morphological and syntactic conditions. The mutations are an important tool in ... (35 of 1773 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Irish initial mutations

Wiktionary:

eclipsis | nasalization [synonym, sense-specific]

[obsolete] An omission of words needed to fully express the sense of a phrase | A line or dash used to show that text has been omitted | [Irish grammar] A mutation of the initial sound of a word by which voiceless sounds become voiced, voiced stops... (45 of 59 words, 3 definitions, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/eclipsis

Collins Dictionary:

eclipsis | ellipsis [rare, sense-specific]

a rare word for "ellipsis" [sense-specific] | (in Gaelic) phonetic change of an initial consonant under the influence of a preceding word. Unvoiced ... (22 of 268 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eclipsis

New World Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipsises [plural]

[grammar] the omission of a word or words necessary for complete ... | ellipsis points (14 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ellipsis

Oxford Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues | a set of dots (...) ... (27 of 223 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ellipsis

Random House Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipsises [plural]

[grammar] ; the omission from a sentence or other construction of one or ... | [printing] a mark or marks as ----, …, or * * *, to indicate an ... (29 of 124 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ellipsis

Merriam-Webster:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that ... | marks or a mark (as …) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause (29 of 114 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ellipsis

American Heritage Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

The omission of a word or phrase necessary for a complete syntactical construction but not necessary for understanding. | An example of such omission. ... (23 of 75 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ellipsis

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ellipsis [grammar] | ellipse [synonym]

figure of speech characterized by the deliberate omission of a word or words that are, however, understood in light of the grammatical context. The ... (24 of 69 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/185075​/ellipsis

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ellipsis [uncountable, linguistics] | ellipses [plural]

the practice of leaving a word or words out of a sentence when they are not necessary for understanding it (20 of 46 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ellipsis

Cambridge Dictionary:

ellipsis [entry 1, specialized] | ellipses [plural]

when words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood (15 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ellipsis 1

ellipsis [entry 2, specialized] | ellipses [plural]

three dots in a printed text, [...], which show where one or more words have been intentionally left out (19 of 31 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ellipsis 2

Encarta Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

the omission of one or more words from a sentence, especially when what is ... | a printed mark, usually three dots (...), or, less often, asterisks ... (26 of 247 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607972​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ellipsis

First use: 1560s

Origin: "an ellipse", from Latin ellipsis, from Greek elleipsis "a falling short, defect, ellipse", from elleipein "to fall short, leave ... (20 of 32 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ellipsis

Merriam-Webster:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

First use: 1540

Origin: Latin, from Greek elleipsis ellipsis, ellipse, from elleipein to leave out, fall short, from en in + leipein to leave, loan

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ellipsis

Collins Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipsises [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin, from Greek elleipsis omission, from elleipein to leave out, from leipein to leave

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ellipsis

American Heritage Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

Origin: Latin ellīpsis, from Greek elleipsis, from elleipein, to fall short; see "ellipse".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ellipsis

Oxford Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek elleipsis, from elleipein "leave out"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ellipsis

New World Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipsises [plural]

Origin: Latin from Greek elleipsis: see "ellipse"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ellipsis

Wiktionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἔλλειψις (elleipsis, "omission").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ellipsis

Encarta Dictionary:

ellipsis | Latins [plural]

First use: Pre-12th century

Origin: Latin Latinus "of the people of Latium, Roman" from Latium, ancient region in Italy

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607972​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

eclipsis

Audio: British English pronunciation of "eclipsis"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/eclipsis

ellipsis | ellipsises [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ellipsis"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ellipsis

the Free Dictionary:

eclipsis

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "eclipsis"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "eclipsis"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/eclipsis

ellipsis

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ellipsis"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ellipsis"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ellipsis" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ellipsis

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ellipsis [uncountable, linguistics] | ellipses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ellipsis"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ellipsis

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ellipsis [uncountable, linguistics] | ellipses [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ellipsis"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ellipsis

Cambridge Dictionary:

ellipsis [entry 1, specialized] | ellipses [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ellipsis"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ellipsis"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ellipsis 1

Google Dictionary:

ellipsis | ellipses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ellipsis"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ellipsis

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ellipsis

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ellipsis"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ellips​02 word=ellipsis

YourDictionary Audio:

ellipsis

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ellipsis" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ellipsis

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