What does DELTA mean?

Definitions for DELTAˈdɛl tə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delta(noun)

    a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water

    "the Mississippi River delta"; "the Nile delta"

  2. delta(noun)

    an object shaped like an equilateral triangle

  3. delta(noun)

    the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet


  1. delta(Noun)

    The fourth letter of the modern Greek alphabet u0394, u03B4.

  2. delta(Noun)

    A landform at the mouth of a river where it empties into a body of water.

  3. delta(Noun)

    The letter D in the ICAO spelling alphabet, which assigns words to letters of the alphabet.

  4. delta(Noun)

    u03B4 In the IPA, the symbol that represents the voiced dental fricative, the hard th in the English word father; frequently represented by the Icelandic eth (u00F0).

  5. delta(Noun)

    The symbol u0394.

  6. delta(Noun)

    A small but noticeable effect, compare with epsilon.

    This will slow the main code path down, but only by delta.

  7. delta(Noun)

    The set of differences between two versions of a file.

    When you update the file, the system will only save the deltas.

  8. delta(Noun)

    The angle subtended at the center of a circular arc.

  9. Delta(ProperNoun)

    A municipality in British Columbia, Canada

  10. Origin: From its location near the delta of the

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delta(noun)

    a tract of land shaped like the letter delta (/), especially when the land is alluvial and inclosed between two or more mouths of a river; as, the delta of the Ganges, of the Nile, or of the Mississippi

  2. Origin: [Gr. de`lta, the name of the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (the capital form of which is , Eng. D), from the Phnician name of the corresponding letter. The Greeks called the alluvial deposit at the mouth of the Nile, from its shape, the Delta of the Nile.]


  1. Delta

    Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 4. It was derived from the Phoenician letter dalet . Letters that come from delta include Latin D and Cyrillic Д. A river delta is so named because its shape approximates the upper-case letter delta.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delta

    del′ta, n. the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, the capital form of which is Δ: a tract of land of like shape formed at the mouth of a river.—n. Deltaficā′tion, the process of forming a delta.—adj. Del′toid, of the form of the Greek Δ: triangular.—Delta metal, a hard alloy of copper, zinc, and iron—the three metals symbolised by the triangular shape; Deltoid muscle, the large triangular muscle of the shoulder. [Gr.,—Heb. daleth, a tent-door.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Delta

    the signature of D. Macbeth Moir in Blackwood's Magazine.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. delta

    1. [techspeak] A quantitative change, especially a small or incremental one (this use is general in physics and engineering). “I just doubled the speed of my program!” “What was the delta on program size?” “About 30 percent.” (He doubled the speed of his program, but increased its size by only 30 percent.) 2. [Unix] A diff, especially a diff stored under the set of version-control tools called SCCS (Source Code Control System) or RCS (Revision Control System). 3. n. A small quantity, but not as small as epsilon. The jargon usage of delta and epsilon stems from the traditional use of these letters in mathematics for very small numerical quantities, particularly in ‘epsilon-delta’ proofs in limit theory (as in the differential calculus). The term delta is often used, once epsilon has been mentioned, to mean a quantity that is slightly bigger than epsilon but still very small. “The cost isn't epsilon, but it's delta” means that the cost isn't totally negligible, but it is nevertheless very small. Common constructions include within delta of —, within epsilon of —: that is, ‘close to’ and ‘even closer to’.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. DELTA

    This condition applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is imminent. Normally, this FPCON is declared as a localized condition. FPCON DELTA measures are not intended to be sustained for substantial periods. See also antiterrorism; force protection.

Anagrams for DELTA »

  1. dealt

  2. atled

  3. dalet


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DELTA in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DELTA in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Moyle:

    Trying to blame fish for a shortage of water just is n’t right and is n’t true, the delta smelt is in decline because the delta is in decline.

  2. Kevin Michaels:

    It's a massive validation of the aircraft because of how financially savvy Delta is, if Delta is ordering the CSeries, then boards at other airlines are going to be asking their managements about considering it.

  3. The Justice Department:

    Delta's agreement to lease slots at Newark to United, the focus of the Department of Justice lawsuit announced today, is an independent transaction and does not affect Delta's separate agreement to lease slots from United at New York-JFK Airport.

  4. Delta Lloyd:

    Delta Lloyd strongly disagrees with the content, conclusions and demands of Highfields, there are no legal grounds for postponing the vote on the rights issue. But, more important, postponing would be detrimental to the interest of Delta Lloyd and its stakeholders, in particular its shareholders.

  5. The Delta statement:

    Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species, delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.

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