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Meaning of ECCENTRIC

Pronunciation:  ik'sentrik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
  2. [n]  a person with an unusual or odd personality
  3. [adj]  not having a common center; not concentric; "eccentric circles"
  4. [adj]  conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual; "restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish combination of styles"; "the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage antics"

ECCENTRIC is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: acentric, bizarre, case, character, eccentric person, flaky, freakish, freaky, geek, nonconcentric, oddball, off-center, off-centered, outlandish, outre, type, unconventional
 Antonyms: concentric, concentrical, homocentric
 See Also: adult, anomaly, crackpot, crank, fruitcake, grownup, nut, nut case, nutcase, nutter, screwball, unusual person, wacko, whacko



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ec*cen"tric\, a. [F. excentrique, formerly also
    spelled eccentrique, fr. LL. eccentros out of the center,
    eccentric, Gr. ?; ? out of + ? center. See {Ex-}, and
    {Center}, and cf. {Excentral}.]
    1. Deviating or departing from the center, or from the line
       of a circle; as, an eccentric or elliptical orbit;
       pertaining to deviation from the center or from true
       circular motion.
    2. Not having the same center; -- said of circles, ellipses,
       spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole
       or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same
       center; -- opposed to {concentric}.
    3. (Mach.) Pertaining to an eccentric; as, the eccentric rod
       in a steam engine.
    4. Not coincident as to motive or end.
             His own ends, which must needs be often eccentric to
             those of his master.                  --Bacon.
    5. Deviating from stated methods, usual practice, or
       established forms or laws; deviating from an appointed
       sphere or way; departing from the usual course; irregular;
       anomalous; odd; as, eccentric conduct. ``This brave and
       eccentric young man.'' --Macaulay.
             He shines eccentric, like a comet's blaze. --Savage.
    {Eccentric anomaly}. (Astron.) See {Anomaly}.
    {Eccentric chuck} (Mach.), a lathe chuck so constructed that
       the work held by it may be altered as to its center of
       motion, so as to produce combinations of eccentric
       combinations of eccentric circles.
    {Eccentric gear}. (Mach.)
       (a) The whole apparatus, strap, and other parts, by which
           the motion of an eccentric is transmitted, as in the
           steam engine.
       (b) A cogwheel set to turn about an eccentric axis used to
           give variable rotation.
    {Eccentric} {hook or gab}, a hook-shaped journal box on the
       end of an eccentric rod, opposite the strap.
    {Eccentric rod}, the rod that connects as eccentric strap
       with any part to be acted upon by the eccentric.
    {Eccentric sheave}, or {Eccentric pulley}, an eccentric.
    {Eccentric strap}, the ring, operating as a journal box, that
       encircles and receives motion from an eccentric; -- called
       also {eccentric hoop}.
    Syn: Irregular; anomalous; singular; odd; peculiar; erratic;
         idiosyncratic; strange; whimsical.
  2. \Ec*cen"tric\, n.
    1. A circle not having the same center as another contained
       in some measure within the first.
    2. One who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an
       anomalous or irregular person or thing.
    3. (Astron.)
       (a) In the Ptolemaic system, the supposed circular orbit
           of a planet about the earth, but with the earth not in
           its center.
       (b) A circle described about the center of an elliptical
           orbit, with half the major axis for radius. --Hutton.
    4. (Mach.) A disk or wheel so arranged upon a shaft that the
       center of the wheel and that of the shaft do not coincide.
       It is used for operating valves in steam engines, and for
       other purposes. The motion derived is precisely that of a
       crank having the same throw.
    {Back eccentric}, the eccentric that reverses or backs the
       valve gear and the engine.
    {Fore eccentric}, the eccentric that imparts a forward motion
       to the valve gear and the engine.
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