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Meaning of deviation by Wiktionary Dictionary

deviation


    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

    Noun

    deviation ( plural: deviations )

    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 .
    3. ( contract law ) 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 .
    4. ( Absolute Deviation ) The shortest distance between the center of the target and the point where a projectile hits or bursts .
    5. ( statistics ) For interval variables and ratio variables, a measure of difference between the observed value and the mean .

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Explanation of deviation by Wordnet Dictionary

deviation


    Noun
    1. a turning aside ( of your course or attention or concern )

    2. deviate behavior

    3. the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances

    4. the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function

    5. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm

    6. the deviation from the mean


    Definition of deviation by GCIDE Dictionary

    deviation


    1. deviation n. [LL. deviatio: cf. F. déviation.]
      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.



      3. ( 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.

      4. ( Statistics, Physics ) the difference between an expected value of an observation or measurement and the actual value.

      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 earth. -- 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.