ETYM Latin declinatio a bending aside, an avoiding: cf. French déclination a decadence. Related to Declension.
(Astronomy) The angular distance to a point on a celestial object measured north or south from the celestial equator, expressed in degrees; used to specify positions on the celestial sphere; SYN. celestial latitude, DEC.
Bending; turning aside; angle between magnetic needle and geographical meridian; Astronomy, angular distance from equator; (polite) refusal.
In astronomy, the coordinate on the celestial sphere (imaginary sphere surrounding the Earth) that corresponds to latitude on the Earth's surface. Declination runs from 0ş at the celestial equator to 90ş at the north and south celestial poles.
ETYM From Depart.
Act of departing; SYN. going, going away, leaving.
Disparaging, belittlement; being impaired; detraction (from authority or estimation)
An aberration in behavior; in particular, an obsessive behavior of unconventional sexuality.
Abnormal behavior; that is, behavior that deviates from the norms or the laws of a society or group, and so invokes social sanctions, controls, or stigma.
Deviance is a relative concept: what is considered deviant in some societies may be normal in others; in a particular society the same act (killing someone, for example) may be either normal or deviant depending on the circumstances (in wartime or for money, for example). Some sociologists argue that the reaction of others, rather than the act itself, is what determines whether an act is deviant, and that deviance is merely behavior other people so label.
ETYM Late Lat. deviatio: cf. French déviation.
1. A variation that deviates from the standard or norm; SYN. divergence, departure, difference.
2. Deviate behavior; SYN. deviance.
3. The difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function.
4. The error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances.
The difference between the value of the controlled variable and the value at which it is being controlled.
ETYM Latin digressio: cf. French digression.
1. A message that departs from the main subject; SYN. aside, excursus, divagation, parenthesis.
2. Wandering from the main path of a journey; SYN. excursion.
ETYM Latin evasio: cf. French évasion. Related to Evade.
1. A statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth; SYN. equivocation.
2. Nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that one is supposed to do; SYN. escape, dodging.
3. The act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver.
ETYM French retraite, from retraire to withdraw, Latin retrahere; pref. re- re- + trahere to draw. Related to Trace, Retract, Retrace.
1. (Military) A bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset.
2. (Military) A signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position.
3. (Military) Withdrawal to a more favorable position.
4. A place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet.
In a military action, a rearward movement of forces in response to enemy pressure. Unlike a withdrawal, a retreat involves loss of initiative.
ETYM Latin variantia.
In statistics, the square of the standard deviation, the measure of spread of data. Population and sample variance are denoted by s2 or s2, respectively.
The second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value.
ETYM Old Eng. variatioun, French variation, Latin variatio. Related to Vary.
In biology, a difference between individuals of the same species, found in any sexually reproducing population. Variations may be almost unnoticeable in some cases, obvious in others, and can concern many aspects of the organism. Typically, variation in size, behavior, biochemistry, or coloring may be found. The cause of the variation is genetic (that is, inherited), environmental, or more usually a combination of the two. The origins of variation can be traced to the recombination of the genetic material during the formation of the gametes, and, more rarely, to mutation.(dance) In ballet, a solo dance, unless otherwise designated.1. Something that deviates from a norm or from pattern.
2. An activity that varies from a norm or standard; SYN. variance.
3. An instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change; SYN. fluctuation.
4. A repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished.