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Meaning of DEVIATION

Pronunciation:  `deevee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"
  2. [n]  deviate behavior
  3. [n]  the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
  4. [n]  the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function
  5. [n]  a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"

DEVIATION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deflection, deflexion, departure, deviance, difference, digression, divagation, divergence, diversion
 See Also: abnormality, discrepancy, driftage, erroneousness, error, flection, flexion, fluctuation, inflection, irregularity, mean deviation, mean deviation from the mean, outlier, red herring, statistic, turn, turning, variance, variant, variation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De`vi*a"tion\, n. [LL. deviatio: cf. F.
1. The act of deviating; a wandering from the way; variation
   from the common way, from an established rule, etc.;
   departure, as from the right course or the path of duty.

2. The state or result of having deviated; a transgression;
   an act of sin; an error; an offense.

2. (Com.) The voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ship
   from, or delay in, the regular and usual course of the
   specific voyage insured, thus releasing the underwriters
   from their responsibility.

{Deviation of a falling body} (Physics), that deviation from
   a strictly vertical line of descent which occurs in a body
   falling freely, in consequence of the rotation of the

{Deviation of the compass}, the angle which the needle of a
   ship's compass makes with the magnetic meridian by reason
   of the magnetism of the iron parts of the ship.

{Deviation of the line of the vertical}, the difference
   between the actual direction of a plumb line and the
   direction it would have if the earth were a perfect
   ellipsoid and homogeneous, -- caused by the attraction of
   a mountain, or irregularities in the earth's density.

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