# ELLIPSE command

Creates an ellipse or elliptical arc.

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Alias: EL

## Description

Create an ellipse or elliptical arc from a combination of options including the center, axis endpoints, axis radius, rotation angle, and included angle.

## Methods to create an ellipse

This command has 3 methods to begin creating an ellipse:

- First end of ellipse axis
- Arc
- Center

If the PELLIPSE variable is set to 1, the Arc option is not available.

- First end of ellipse axis
- Begin creating an ellipse by specifying a point on the ellipse’s first axis then:
- Second end of axis
- Specify the end point of the ellipse’s first axis.
- Set other axis
- Specify the radius of the other axis.
- Arc
- Begin creating an elliptical arc by specifying a point on the ellipse’s first axis then:
- Second end of axis
- Specify the end point of the ellipse’s first axis.
- Set other axis
- Specify the radius of the other axis.
- Set start angle of arc
- Specify the start angle to define the arc’s starting point. The angle is measured counter-clockwise from the positive x-axis.
- End angle
- Specify the end angle to define the arc’s endpoint.
- Center
- Begin creating an ellipse by specifying its center point then:
- Endpoint of axis
- Specify an endpoint of the ellipse’s first axis, measured from the center.
- Set other axis
- Specify an endpoint of the other axis, measured from the center.

## Additional options within the ELLIPSE command

After you begin creating an ellipse, the following options may be available:

- Included angle
- Specify the included angle, measured from the starting point.
- Parameter
- Specify values for the parametric formula that defines the elliptical arc:
- Rotation
- Specify the angle of the ellipse around the major axis. The angle can vary between 0 and 89.9. An angle of 0 degrees draws a circle. An angle of 89.9 degrees draws a very thin ellipse.