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Meaning of eccentricity by Wiktionary Dictionary



    eccentric +‎ -ity


    eccentricity ( plural: eccentricities )

    1. The quality of being eccentric; any eccentric behaviour .
    2. ( mathematics ) The ratio, constant for any particular conic section, of the distance of a point from the focus to its distance from the directrix

Explanation of eccentricity by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. strange and unconventional behavior

    2. a circularity that has a different center or deviates from a circular path

    3. a ratio describing the shape of a conic section

    4. a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity

    Definition of eccentricity by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Eccentricity n.; pl. Eccentricities [Cf. F. excentricité.]
      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.