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Synonyms of 'elliptical'

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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abstruse
Definition
not easy to understand
Meetings keep reverting to discussions about abstruse resolutions.
in the sense of ambiguous
Definition
having more than one possible interpretation
His remarks clarify an ambiguous statement given earlier this week.
Synonyms
in the sense of compact
Definition
concise
The strength of the series is in its concise, compact short-story quality.

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