projection

noun
pro·​jec·​tion | \ prə-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce projection (audio) \

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 projection
b : 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 out
b : a view of a building or architectural element
6a : the act of perceiving a mental object as spatially and sensibly objective also : something so perceived
b : 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 audience
b : control of the volume, clarity, and distinctness of a voice to gain greater audibility
9 : an estimate of future possibilities based on a current trend

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Other Words from projection

projectional \ prə-​ˈjek-​shnəl How to pronounce projectional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for projection

projection, protrusion, protuberance, bulge mean an extension beyond the normal line or surface. projection implies a jutting out especially at a sharp angle. those projections along the wall are safety hazards protrusion suggests a thrusting out so that the extension seems a deformity. the bizarre protrusions of a coral reef protuberance implies a growing or swelling out in rounded form. a skin disease marked by warty protuberances bulge suggests an expansion caused by internal pressure. bulges in the tile floor

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.

Examples of projection in a Sentence

He gave a projection of future expenses. projections on the rock wall

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Then came in toward the bottom of FanGraphs’ preseason Yankees top prospect list, with a likely projection as a back-of-the-rotation starter. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "What Does Edwin Encarnacion Trade Mean for the Yankees and the AL Playoff Race?," 15 June 2019 Hogan administration officials say the governor is considering projections that the state will face a $961 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats push Hogan to release money for school construction, community colleges, rape kit testing," 15 June 2019 The dancers filled and emptied the cavernous space with different props and projection surfaces in an allegory of the messes of human history, constantly torn down and made anew. Washington Post, "Reexamining opera, one classic at a time," 14 June 2019 Greco gives the play a magnificently stark staging on a bare stage occasionally illuminated by Hana Kim’s projection design — black-and-white images of thick drops dripping or outlines of people walking on city streets. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Magic Theatre’s barrio ‘Oedipus’ dazzles a decade later," 14 June 2019 The queuing area is filled with props, digital projections and special effects showing characters such as Arthur Weasley and Hagrid that inform visitors of the journey ahead. Julia Webster, Time, "Harry Potter Fans Wait up to 10 Hours to Ride Universal Orlando’s Newest Roller Coaster," 14 June 2019 Free public art events — from dancing to creating music to a two-story-tall projection on the side of a building — will also take place in the American Indian Cultural corridor of Minneapolis and The Commons in downtown Minneapolis. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Night arts fest Northern Spark will shine in Rondo and Minneapolis this weekend," 13 June 2019 If current projections hold, as Peter Garretson has explained, the world will need roughly 70 terawatts of energy by the year 2100. Jack H. Burke, National Review, "China’s New Wealth-Creation Scheme: Mining the Moon," 13 June 2019 The book’s female protagonists create their own counterparts, as projections and helpmeets. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "In Mark Haddon’s “The Porpoise,” Storytelling Is an Instrument of Violence and Solace," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of projection

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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projection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of projection

: 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

noun
pro·​jec·​tion | \ prə-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce projection (audio) \

Kids Definition of projection

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)

projection

noun
pro·​jec·​tion | \ prə-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce projection (audio) \

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 surface
b : 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 body
b : 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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