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Meaning of ERRATIC

Pronunciation:  i'ratik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
  2. [adj]  likely to perform unpredictably; "erratic winds are the bane of a sailor"; "a temperamental motor; sometimes it would start and sometimes it wouldn't"; "that beautiful but temperamental instrument the flute"- Osbert Lancaster
  3. [adj]  having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond"

ERRATIC is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: changeable, changeful, fickle, mercurial, planetary, quicksilver(a), temperamental, undependable, unreliable, unsettled, wandering



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Er*rat"ic\, a. [L. erraticus, fr. errare to wander: cf.
    F. erratique. See {Err}.]
    1. Having no certain course; roving about without a fixed
       destination; wandering; moving; -- hence, applied to the
       planets as distinguished from the fixed stars.
             The earth and each erratic world.     --Blackmore.
    2. Deviating from a wise of the common course in opinion or
       conduct; eccentric; strange; queer; as, erratic conduct.
    3. Irregular; changeable. ``Erratic fever.'' --Harvey.
    {Erratic blocks}, {gravel, etc.} (Geol.), masses of stone
       which have been transported from their original resting
       places by the agency of water, ice, or other causes.
    {Erratic phenomena}, the phenomena which relate to
       transported materials on the earth's surface.
  2. \Er*rat"ic\, n.
    1. One who deviates from common and accepted opinions; one
       who is eccentric or preserve in his intellectual
    2. A rogue. [Obs.] --Cockeram.
    3. (Geol.) Any stone or material that has been borne away
       from its original site by natural agencies; esp., a large
       block or fragment of rock; a bowlder.
    Note: In the plural the term is applied especially to the
          loose gravel and stones on the earth's surface,
          including what is called drift.
 Definition: a glacially transported boulder.
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