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eccentricity

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noun ec·cen·tric·i·ty \ˌek-(ˌ)sen-ˈtri-sə-tē\

Simple Definition of eccentricity

  • : the quality of being strange or unusual in behavior

  • : an act or habit that is strange or unusual

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of eccentricity

plural

eccentricities

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being eccentric b :  deviation from an established pattern or norm; especially :  odd or whimsical behavior

  2. 2 a :  a mathematical constant that for a given conic section is the ratio of the distances from any point of the conic section to a focus and the corresponding directrix b :  the eccentricity of an astronomical orbit used as a measure of its deviation from circularity

Examples of eccentricity in a sentence

  1. Some people weren't very tolerant of his eccentricity.

  2. Talking to her plants is one of her many eccentricities.



1545

First Known Use of eccentricity

1545



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