Definitions for aberrationˌæb əˈreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•er•ra•tionˌæb əˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. deviation from the usual or normal course.

  2. deviation from the usual or normal type.

  3. deviation from truth or moral rectitude.

  4. mental unsoundness, esp. of a minor or temporary nature; mental lapse.

    Category: Psychiatry

  5. apparent displacement of a heavenly body, owing to the motion of the earth in its orbit.

    Category: Astronomy

  6. any disturbance of the rays of a pencil of light such that they can no longer be brought to a sharp focus or form a clear image.

    Category: Optics

Origin of aberration:

1585–95; < L aberrātiō <aberrā(re) (see aberrant )

ab`er•ra′tion•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, deviance(noun)

    a state or condition markedly different from the norm

  2. aberration(noun)

    a disorder in one's mental state

  3. aberration, distortion, optical aberration(noun)

    an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image

Wiktionary

  1. aberration(Noun)

    The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type.

  2. aberration(Noun)

    A partial alienation of reason.

  3. aberration(Noun)

    A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer.

  4. aberration(Noun)

    The convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus.

  5. aberration(Noun)

    A deviation of an organism from the state which is regarded as normal.

  6. aberration(Noun)

    A mental disorder, especially one of a minor or temporary character.

  7. aberration(Noun)

    The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.

  8. aberration(Noun)

    Atypical development or structure.

  9. Origin: * First attested in 1594.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aberration(noun)

    the act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type

  2. Aberration(noun)

    a partial alienation of reason

  3. Aberration(noun)

    a small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer; called annual aberration, when the observer's motion is that of the earth in its orbit, and daily or diurnal aberration, when of the earth on its axis; amounting when greatest, in the former case, to 20.4'', and in the latter, to 0.3''. Planetary aberration is that due to the motion of light and the motion of the planet relative to the earth

  4. Aberration(noun)

    the convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus; called spherical aberration, when due to the spherical form of the lens or mirror, such form giving different foci for central and marginal rays; and chromatic aberration, when due to different refrangibilities of the colored rays of the spectrum, those of each color having a distinct focus

  5. Aberration(noun)

    the passage of blood or other fluid into parts not appropriate for it

  6. Aberration(noun)

    the producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B

Freebase

  1. Aberration

    In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, aberration is a type of creature, or "creature type". Aberrations generally all have bizarre anatomies, strange abilities, alien mindsets, or any combination thereof. In 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons, all aberrations have darkvision out to 60 feet. As a group, they have no other special abilities or immunities. In Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition, Aberration was replaced with the Aberrant creature origin.

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