erratic


1er·rat·ic

adjective \i-ˈra-tik\

: acting, moving, or changing in ways that are not expected or usual : not consistent or regular

Full Definition of ERRATIC

1
a :  having no fixed course :  wandering <an erratic comet>
b archaic :  nomadic
2
:  transported from an original resting place especially by a glacier <an erratic boulder>
3
a :  characterized by lack of consistency, regularity, or uniformity <erratic dieting> <keeps erratic hours>
b :  deviating from what is ordinary or standard :  eccentric <an erratic genius>
er·rat·i·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
er·rat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
er·rat·i·cism \-ˈa-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of ERRATIC

  1. <so far your effort to land a summer job has been very erratic>
  2. <because of your erratic attendance at practice, you're in danger of being cut from the team>
  3. My sinker has been my most erratic pitch. And when your foundation pitch is lacking, you have to go to other pitches. My sinker has been in and out, but mostly out. —Orel Hershiser, in New York Times, 9 May 1999

Origin of ERRATIC

Middle English, from Latin erraticus, from erratus, past participle of errare (see err)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

2er·rat·ic

noun \i-ˈra-tik\

Definition of ERRATIC

:  one that is erratic (see 1erratic); especially :  a boulder or block of rock transported from its original resting place especially by a glacier

Origin of ERRATIC

(see 1erratic)
First Known Use: circa 1623

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

er·rat·ic

adjective \ir-ˈat-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ERRATIC

1
: characterized by lack of consistency, regularity, or uniformity <an erratic pulse>
2
: deviating from what is ordinary or standard

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