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 for Elliptic integral
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Integral \In"te*gral\, n.
     1. A whole; an entire thing; a whole number; an individual.
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     2. (Math.) An expression which, being differentiated, will
        produce a given differential. See differential
        Differential, and Integration. Cf. Fluent.
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     Elliptic integral, one of an important class of integrals,
        occurring in the higher mathematics; -- so called because
        one of the integrals expresses the length of an arc of an
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elliptic \El*lip"tic\, Elliptical \El*lip"tic*al\, a. [Gr. ?:
     cf. F. elliptique. See Ellipsis.]
     1. Of or pertaining to an ellipse; having the form of an
        ellipse; oblong, with rounded ends.
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              The planets move in elliptic orbits.  --Cheyne.
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              The billiard sharp who any one catches,
              His doom's extremely hard 
              He's made to dwell
              In a dungeon cell
              On a spot that's always barred.
              And there he plays extravagant matches
              In fitless finger-stalls
              On a cloth untrue
              With a twisted cue
              And elliptical billiard balls!
                                                    --Gilbert and
                                                    Sullivan (The
                                                    Mikado: The
                                                    More Humane
                                                    Mikado Song)
     2. Having a part omitted; as, an elliptical phrase.
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     3. leaving out information essential to comprehension; so
        concise as to be difficult to understand; obscure or
        ambiguous; -- of speech or writing; as, an elliptical
     Elliptic chuck. See under Chuck.
     Elliptic compasses, an instrument arranged for drawing
     Elliptic function. (Math.) See Function.
     Elliptic integral. (Math.) See Integral.
     Elliptic polarization. See under Polarization.
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