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
Recent Examples on the Web Israeli Channel 12's projection shows Likud taking 33 seats and Blue and White with 34, while Channel 13 forecasts 31 seats for Netanyahu's party and 33 seats for his main challenger. Andrew Carey, CNN, "Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election plans in limbo as Israeli exit polls show tight contest," 17 Sep. 2019 By contrast, Larson’s bill would extend the trust fund surplus for at least the standard 75-year horizon used in Social Security projections, and effectively permanently, and the Sanders bill by more than 50 years. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Elizabeth Warren offers a Social Security reform plan that checks a lot of boxes," 12 Sep. 2019 That estimate is based on the difference between actual nonfarm employment and projections of what employment would have been as of June 30 if not for the U.S.-China trade war. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Trump trade war with China has cost 300,000 U.S. jobs, Moody's estimates," 12 Sep. 2019 Mr Trump is sceptical of overseas entanglements; Mr Bolton believes in force projection. The Economist, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton, his third national security adviser," 10 Sep. 2019 There are also video projections and dance, ranging from postmodern to hip hop. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "There’s a lot you can learn about the Talmud from kung fu movies, according to a new play," 5 Sep. 2019 The demand for actuaries is expected to grow 22%, looking at statistics and projections from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while overall math and science occupations are set to rise by 28%. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Woodbury University to debut major in data analytics curriculum next year," 3 Sep. 2019 Work will include installing state-of-the-art-sound and projection equipment, a fresh coat of paint and new carpet and seating, according to a news release. Daily Pilot, "Biz News: Newport’s Lido Theater to temporarily close for renovations," 30 Aug. 2019 And while ridership is not nearly in line with projections, new arrivals to the metro area think it’s great, Bailey said. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "Guest commentary: Colorado’s economy is on display, and now it must meet the challenges brought on by success," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of projection

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of projection was in 1551

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projection

noun
How to pronounce projection (audio)

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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