Synonyms of 'elliptical'
oval-shapedthe moon's elliptical orbit
oval, , , , ,
a small oval picture frame
(of speech or writing) obscure or ambiguouselliptical references to matters best not discussed in public
It was an oblique reference to his time in prison.
The contract is written in obscure language.
The strength of the series is in its concise, compact short-story quality.
Her remarks amounted to an indirect appeal for aid.
His remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.
The text is concise and informative.
He issued a terse statement, saying the decision will be made on Monday.
I wondered just what he meant by that cryptic remark.
Usually so laconic in the office, he seemed more relaxed.
Meetings keep reverting to discussions about abstruse resolutions.
Her poems are recondite in subject matter.
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in the sense of abstruse
not easy to understandMeetings keep reverting to discussions about abstruse resolutions.
in the sense of ambiguous
having more than one possible interpretationHis remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.
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