Definition of projection
1a : a systematic presentation of intersecting coordinate lines on a flat surface upon which features from a curved surface (as of the earth or the celestial sphere) may be mapped an equal-area map projectionb : the process or technique of reproducing a spatial object upon a plane or curved surface or a line by projecting its points; also : a graph or figure so formed
2 : a transforming change
3 : the act of throwing or thrusting forward
4 : the forming of a plan : scheming
5a (1) : a jutting out (2) : a part that juts outb : a view of a building or architectural element
6a : the act of perceiving a mental object as spatially and sensibly objective; also : something so perceivedb : the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety
7 : the display of motion pictures by projecting an image from them upon a screen
8a : the act of projecting especially to an audienceb : control of the volume, clarity, and distinctness of a voice to gain greater audibility
projectionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of projection in a Sentence
He gave a projection of future expenses.
projections on the rock wall
Recent Examples of projection from the Web
Those projections, if met, would leave the city facing a $33,000 loss in the first year before returning a growing profit in future years.
NO: Even though the goal of a balanced budget by 2027 with a reduction in the national debt would be good for the U.S. economy, Trump’s current proposal bases it on optimistic projections of economic growth and significant domestic cuts.
The boundary between state and private action, however, is often blurry in Russia, particularly in matters relating to the projection of Russian influence abroad.
The state saw a small surplus in tax collections in April and the department noted that the state remains on track to meet projections for the current budget year.
The YouGov projection further muddies the election outlook just eight days out from voting.
Planned projections of Hemingway and his Parisian milieu blinked on and off as the production staff tried to figure out what to do and where to go next.
The projections, designed by Adam Larsen, will add bursts of color to the white and silver ribbons suspended from the ceiling.
The political uncertainty has worsened projections for the Brazilian economy, which is mired in its worst recession in decades.
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Did You Know?
Projection has various meanings, but what they all have in common is that something is sent out or forward. A movie is projected onto a screen; a skilled actress projects her voice out into a large theater without seeming to shout; and something sticking out from a wall can be called a projection. But the meaning we focus on here is the one used by businesses and governments. Most projections of this kind are estimates of a company's sales or profits--or of the finances of a town, state, or country--sometime in the future.
First Known Use of projection
Synonym Discussion of projection
PROJECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of projection for English Language Learners
: an estimate of what might happen in the future based on what is happening now
: something that sticks out from a surface
: the act or process of causing a picture, movie, etc., to appear on a surface
PROJECTION Defined for Kids
Definition of projection for Students
1 : something that sticks out
2 : the act or process of causing to appear on a surface (as by means of motion pictures or slides)
Medical Definition of projection
1a: the process or technique of reproducing a spatial object or a section of such an object upon a plane or curved surfaceb: a diagram or figure formed by projection; especially : view
2a: the act of referring a mental image constructed by the brain from bits of data collected by the sense organs to the actual source of stimulation outside the bodyb: the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety
3: the functional correspondence and connection of parts of the cerebral cortex with other parts of the organism the projection of the retina upon the visual area
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