Origin: L, fr. Gr. A leaving, defect, fr. To leave in fall short; in + to leave. See In, and Loan, and cf. Ellipse.

1. 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.

2. <geometry> An ellipse.

(01 Mar 1998)