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Meaning of ECCENTRICITY

Pronunciation:  `eksun'trisitee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  strange and unconventional behavior
  2. [n]  a circularity that has a different center or deviates from a circular path
  3. [n]  (geometry) a ratio describing the shape of a conic section; the ratio of the distance between the foci to the length of the major axis; "a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity"
 

ECCENTRICITY is a 12 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Antonyms: concentricity
 
 See Also: circularity, disk shape, oddity, oddness, ratio, strangeness, unfamiliarity

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ec`cen*tric"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Eccentricities}. [Cf.
F. excentricit['e].]
1. The state of being eccentric; deviation from the customary
   line of conduct; oddity.

2. (Math.) The ratio of the distance between the center and
   the focus of an ellipse or hyperbola to its
   semi-transverse axis.

3. (Astron.) The ratio of the distance of the center of the
   orbit of a heavenly body from the center of the body round
   which it revolves to the semi-transverse axis of the
   orbit.

4. (Mech.) The distance of the center of figure of a body, as
   of an eccentric, from an axis about which it turns; the
   throw.

 
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