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

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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

The storm will be in Missouri as a tropical depression by July 16, projections say. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Tropical Storm Barry could affect Indianapolis weather," 13 July 2019 His motion also directed staff to meet all state and federal laws associated with reducing greenhouse gases, while providing accurate revenue projections to the board. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North and East County officials signal support for high-speed commuter rail in exchange for long-promised freeway improvements," 13 July 2019 Bakeru: Transforming Spirits The supernatural world of Japanese folk traditions is explored via large-scale interactive digital projections. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "SoCal museums, July 14-21: Lithographs by William Crutchfield and more," 12 July 2019 Blalock has a starter’s delivery and athleticism who represents a deep-projection pick with a chance to develop over the long haul. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox sign five more draft picks, including a quarterback," 12 July 2019 The study used climate model projections to pair 520 cities and their climate forecast for 2050 with another city's current climate. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Phoenix could feel more like Baghdad by 2050, a new climate study says," 11 July 2019 In 2003, Olafur Eliasson—with the help of 200 mono-frequency lights, projection and mirror foils, haze machines, aluminum, and scaffolding—recreated the sky, complete with a blazing orange sun. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Consider the Nature of Perception at Olafur Eliasson’s New Show," 10 July 2019 The Lion King is expected to be the movie of the summer and projections have it at a $180-$200 million debut over the July 19 weekend, according to Box Office magazine. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "The Lion King First Reviews: Disney's Remake Praised as 'a Landmark Visual Experience'," 10 July 2019 The 17-minute show will re-create the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first moon landing with full-motion projection mapping and archival footage. Trisha Ahmed And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "The Washington Monument will blast off in honor of Apollo 11," 9 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'projection.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of projection

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of projection was in 1551

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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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