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elliptical

verb; clipping
to use an elliptical trainer The elliptical trainer has become a popular method of working out. The author was explaining that those who could not come to practice should work out on their own, and gave examples of possible ways of doing so. The motion made while on the elliptical trainer is not one that can be replicated without the machine, so no verb existed for this motion previously. The author was attempting to find a shorter way of saying 'to use the elliptical trainer' and so zero derived the first part of the name for the machine.
 
If you can't come [to practice] the best thing you can do is work on your cardiovascular fitness. This is (sic) means running, swimming, ellipticalling, etc. for at least 30 minutes.
Etymology : zero derivation of clipped noun 'elliptical trainer'
Source : e-mail from crew coach
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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